Arthur "Titch" Vickers VC
The Royal Warwickshire Regiment
This plaque was placed here by I M Properties PLC
on 11th November 1998 to commemorate Arthur Vickers VC, who
worked at the GEC Factory which formerly occupied this site.
Arthur Vickers VC, a hero of the First World War, enlisted with
the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in 1902, on his sixth attempt.
Previously he had been refused acceptance due to his lack of
height, which led to his nickname "Titch".
He was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1915 for conspicuous bravery
at the Battle of Loos, Hulloch, France, during an attack on the first line
German trenches, Arthur Vickers went forward in broad daylight
under very heavy shell, rifle and machine-gun fire to cut barbed
wire fences that were holding his battalion back, his gallant
actions contributed largely to the success of the assault.
Sgt. Arthur Vickers died in 1944. He is burried in Witton Cemetery.
Arthur Vickers VC (2 February 1882 – 27 July 1944) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.