James Towers VC
Name: James Towers
Conflict: First World War
Gazetted: January 6, 1919
Place/date of birth: Preston, Lancashire/September 8, 1897
Rank when awarded VC (and later highest rank): Private
Date of bravery: October 6, 1918
London Gazette citation:
No 30245 Pte. James Towers, 2nd Bn., Sco. Rif.
For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty at Méricourt on the 6th October, 1918, when, under heavy fire, five runners having failed to deliver an important message, Pte. Towers, well aware of the fate of the runners who had already attempted the task, volunteered for the duty.
In spite of heavy fire opened on him as soon as he moved, he went straight through from cover to cover and eventually delivered the message.
His valour, determination, and utter disregard for danger were an inspiring example to all.
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Other decorations: N/A
Place/date of death: Preston, Lancashire/January 24, 1977
Grave/memorials: Ashes scattered at New Hall Lane Crematorium, Preston, Lancashire, after funeral service with full military honours
Origin of VC to the Lord Ashcroft collection: Purchased privately, 2023
Current location of VC: Displayed on rotation at The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes exhibition, Imperial War Museum