Memorial for Victoria Cross Hero

Posted: 29th November 2016

Humber Museums Partnership - Memorial for Victoria Cross Hero

A Scunthorpe born war hero has been remembered with a commemorative paving stone as part of Government plans to mark 100 years since the war began by  celebrating those who were awarded the Victoria Cross.


John ‘Jack’ Cunningham received the Victoria Cross for his actions on the front line in the Battle of the Somme. Private Cunningham, part of the 12th (S) Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment, was born on Manley Street in Scunthorpe, but lived and died in Hull. On November 13 1916, Private Cunningham proceeded to a communication trench where he met 10 Germans. He subsequently killed them, and cleared the trench to enemy line.


A paving stone commemorating Private Cunningham was laid at the base of the war memorial outside North Lincolnshire Museum, and was unveiled during the Remembrance Day service.


“The stone laid to remember John Cunningham is a fitting tribute to his extraordinary strength and courage. My hope is that this ceremony will bring communities together in his memory and in turn be inspired by his bravery. A century may have passed but heroes like John Cunningham who fought and died for their community and nation are as inspiring as ever. We all owe them our gratitude.”

– Lord Bourne, Communities Minister