• Short Summary

    War hero, William Thomas Forshaw, is honoured at civic ceremony.

  • Description

    World War One. Victoria Cross Medal to William Thomas Forshaw.


    Crowd of soldiers and others assembled outside building with large arch, facing the crowd are a group of dignitaries. Car pulls up; the war hero Barrow and another man get out and walk towards dignitaries. Forshaw salutes and they sit. Mayor makes a speech, gives the medal to Forshaw, then leads the crowd in a cheer and a waving of hats.

    Modified WPA record. Forshaw previously listed as "Barrow". Title previously listed as "BARROW V.C."

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    Film ID:
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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:29:13:00 / 01:30:34:00
    ON 019 I

Comments (3)

  1. jamied says

    There's been a bit of a mix-up with the current details of this clip......

    There is no Victoria Cross holder with the surname "Barrow". However, I've looked at photos of Barrow Town Hall, and can confirm that this event is taking place outside the the Hall's front entrance.

    The only Barrow resident I can find who is a VC holder is William Thomas Forshaw. He was awarded a sword and the Freedom of Barrow by the town's Mayor in 1916. I suspect that this is film of that event.

  2. jamied says

    Details of the actions or which Forshaw was awarded the VC can be found here......


  3. British Pathé says

    That's brilliant. Thanks very much. We've amended the description and title. If anyone is able to confirm, just leave a comment below!

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