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Renovated grave of Sunningdale war hero rededicated by Victoria Cross Trust

Published: 9 May 2013 09:300 comments

VOLUNTEERS and members of the Armed Forces joined together to clean up the long-forgotten grave of a decorated war hero.

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The Victoria Cross Trust has organised the clean up of Holy Trinity Churchyard, Sunningdale, the final resting place of Air Commodore Ferdinand West. The flying ace and Victoria Cross recipient, who had had a German Gestapo price on his head, retired to Sunningdale and died in 1988, aged 92.

The trust, along with members of No.8 squadron RAF Waddington, spruced up his grave in advance of a rededication ceremony, which was due to take place yesterday (Wednesday).

Victoria Cross Trust chairman, Gary Stapleton said: "We are eternally grateful to those who see the continued memory of our military heroes as a priority, and who wish to help us preserve their final resting place in a state of utmost respect.

"We hope events like this will continue across the country and that more and more people get involved to support the work we do."

At 22, Ferdinand West was awarded the Victoria Cross - the highest military decoration awarded for valour in the face of the enemy. He survived an attack by seven German fighter aircraft, seriously wounding his leg, which was later amputated, to land his plane and report his findings, despite being in excruciating agony.

The Victoria Cross Trust has organised the clean up of Holy Trinity Churchyard, Sunningdale, the final resting place of Air Commodore Ferdinand West. The flying ace and Victoria Cross recipient, who had had a German Gestapo price on his head, retired to Sunningdale and died in 1988, aged 92.

The trust, along with members of No.8 squadron RAF Waddington, spruced up his grave in advance of a rededication ceremony, which was due to take place yesterday (Wednesday).

Victoria Cross Trust chairman, Gary Stapleton said: "We are eternally grateful to those who see the continued memory of our military heroes as a priority, and who wish to help us preserve their final resting place in a state of utmost respect.

"We hope events like this will continue across the country and that more and more people get involved to support the work we do."

At 22, Ferdinand West was awarded the Victoria Cross - the highest military decoration awarded for valour in the face of the enemy. He survived an attack by seven German fighter aircraft, seriously wounding his leg, which was later amputated, to land his plane and report his findings, despite being in excruciating agony.

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