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Hull rugby star leads memorial

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Published by Amy M for Places for People Group in Housing and also in Communities

Veterans commemorate the start of the First World War Veterans commemorate the start of the First World War

Rugby stalwart, Johnny Whiteley MBE recently led a memorial to remember First World War hero and Hull rugby legend, John ‘Jack’ Harrison.

Staff from Places for People organised the memorial to remember Jack Harrison, who played rugby for Hull before fighting and losing his life in the First World War. His heroic actions on the front line were recognised with the prestigious Victoria Cross.

The memorial took place at Jack Harrison Court, a sheltered accommodation scheme for over 55’s in Hull which is run by Places for People, where a commemorative plaque was unveiled.

Local author Robert Bell led the tributes by reading a piece dedicated to Jack, and the arts collective History Troupe will be providing entertainment. Afterwards, a one minute silence to remember Jack, who served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 11th Batallion East Yorkshire Regiment, will be held.

Johnny Whiteley MBE said: “Jack Harrison is such an important part of Hull’s history. I am so pleased to be able to unveil the plaque for Jack, who was such an inspiration to many. People from Hull and the rugby club hold him in high admiration and are proud that he received the highest honour for his bravery in battle.”

Sue Fawcett, Sheltered Housing Officer at Places for People, said: “We organised this memorial to mark the 100 year anniversary of the start of the First World War and to remember all those people who gave their life for their country – including Jack Harrison. 

“The ground floor of the Court had photographs and information about Jack’s life, as well as the memorial wall dedicated to him with the new plaque, and mounted copies of his medals. Poppies have also been planted in the grounds to remember all our fallen heroes.”

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