William Thomas Forshaw blue plaque in Ashton-under-Lyne

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William Thomas Forshaw VC 1890-1943 Served with the 1/9th Battalion Manchester Regiment Territorials Awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery in the First World War

Major William Thomas Forshaw VC (1890 – 1943) 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. In civilian life Forshaw was a teacher at The Manchester Grammar School.Forshaw was born 20 April 1890 in Barrow-in-Furness. When he was 25 years old, and a lieutenant in the 1/9th Battalion, The Manchester Regiment during the First World War, he was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions between 7 and 9 August 1915 in Gallipoli, Turkey. The London Gazette of 9 September 1915 reported "when holding the north-west corner of "The Vineyard" against heavy attacks by the Turks, Lieutenant Forshaw not only directed his men but personally threw bombs continuously for over 40 hours. When his detachment was relieved, he volunteered to continue directing the defence. Later, when the Turks captured a portion of the trench, he shot three of them and recaptured it. It was due to his fine example and magnificent courage that this very important position was held."He later achieved the rank of major. He died on 26 May 1943 and was buried at Touchen End, Berkshire in an unmarked grave. For many years the grave was unmarked but a new stone was erected in 1994 though not on exact site.His Victoria Cross and other campaign medals are displayed at the Museum of the Manchester Regiment, Ashton-under-Lyne, England] in the "Forshaw Room".

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