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A World War 1 officer who was awarded the Victoria Cross is to be commemorated at a ceremony taking place in the street in New Southgate where he was born.

At 11am on 1st December a specially made paving stone will be unveiled at a short commemorative event in honour of Captain Alastair McReady-Diarmid. Attendees will include the Mayor of Enfield, Councillor Christine Hamilton, Bambos Charalambous MP, Councillors and members of the Middlesex Regiment, as well as relatives of Captain McReady-Diarmid.

Everyone is welcome to attend

Note: Parking is severely restricted, so if possible please use public transport.

mcready diarmid amc vcCaptain Alastair McReady-Diarmid, citation for the Victoria Cross

Alastair McReady-Diarmid was born in Grove Road, New Southgate in March 1888 and won the highest award for bravery, the Victoria Cross, while serving as a soldier in World War I. On the 30th November/1st December of 1917 in France, Captain McReady-Diarmid led his company through a heavy barrage to engage the enemy and drive them back at least 300 yards, causing numerous casualties and taking 27 prisoners. The following day saw another attack from the enemy, to which Captain McReady-Diarmid reacted by calling for volunteers to counter attack. Captain McReady-Diarmid led the counter attack until eventually being killed by a bomb. His brave actions were recognised when posthumously receiving a Victoria Cross.

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PGC Webmaster posted a reply #3391 03 Dec 2017 20:37


The ceremony to mark the centenary of Captain Alastair McReady-Diarmid's death was attended by the only living holder of the Victoria Cross, Lance-Sergeant Johnson Beharry.

See this report on the Enfield Council website: new.enfield.gov.uk/news-and-events/hero-...only-living-victori/

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