Calls for new Rushden school to be named after VC hero

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Calls have been made for a new primary school to be named after a Victoria Cross hero.

The Rushden branch of the Royal British Legion and Rushden and District History Society are campaigning for the new school in the town, which is yet to be built, to be named after Bernard Vann VC.

The Royal British Legion and the Rushden & District Historical society are campaigning for the new primary school being built on the land off Goulsbra Road to be named after Bernard Vann VC. Pictured is (L-R): Cllr Sue Homer, Margaret Shelton, Maj (ret) Jake Baker, Chairman of Rushden RBL Brian Hunt, Brian Shelton and Chair of the Historic Society Theresa Clark.

The Royal British Legion and the Rushden & District Historical society are campaigning for the new primary school being built on the land off Goulsbra Road to be named after Bernard Vann VC. Pictured is (L-R): Cllr Sue Homer, Margaret Shelton, Maj (ret) Jake Baker, Chairman of Rushden RBL Brian Hunt, Brian Shelton and Chair of the Historic Society Theresa Clark.

Plans for the new school, to be built off Goulsbra Road, were given the go-ahead by the county council in June.

Bernard William Vann was born in High Street South, Rushden, on July 9, 1887.

He fought with the Battalion Sherwood Foresters as a second lieutenant during the First World War, and was awarded the Victoria Cross (VC), the Military Cross and bar, and the Croix de Guerre for his efforts during the war.

Major (retired) Jake Baker, of the Rushden branch of the RBL, said he thinks naming the school after the soldier would be a fitting tribute.

The Royal British Legion and the Rushden & District Historical society are campaigning for the new primary school being built on the land off Goulsbra Road to be named after Bernard Vann VC. Pictured is (L-R): Cllr Sue Homer, Margaret Shelton, Maj (ret) Jake Baker, Chairman of Rushden RBL Brian Hunt, Brian Shelton and Chair of the Historic Society Theresa Clark.

The Royal British Legion and the Rushden & District Historical society are campaigning for the new primary school being built on the land off Goulsbra Road to be named after Bernard Vann VC. Pictured is (L-R): Cllr Sue Homer, Margaret Shelton, Maj (ret) Jake Baker, Chairman of Rushden RBL Brian Hunt, Brian Shelton and Chair of the Historic Society Theresa Clark.

He said: “Bernard Vann VC should be recognised for his efforts during the war and I think it would be only fitting to name the school after him, when it will be 100 years, next year, since the breakout of the First World War.”

Maj Baker has passed the proposal to county councillor Sue Homer.

Cllr Homer said the proposal has been passed on to the developers, who will have the final say.

Maj Baker and the history society have asked people who want to show their support for the proposal to email brian517@virginmedia.com.