by Paul Hodgkinson on 28 March, 2014
There’s disappointment in Bourton on the Water after Royal Mail bosses refused to commemorate a war hero.
John Cork, chairman of Bourton Royal British Legion, wanted greater recognition for Major General Dudley Johnson, who was born in the village and was one of only three men in Gloucestershire to be awarded the Victoria Cross. Major Johnson served in World War One, which is being commemorated this year on its 100th anniversary.
Mr Cork thought painting the village post box in VC colours would have made a fitting tribute. He contacted Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (Glos County Council, Bourton & Northleach) who wrote to the Royal Mail asking for their support.
Cllr Hodgkinson was disappointed at the response:
“The Royal Mail have said no to this wonderful idea. It saddens me that they can’t allow this simple thing to commemorate a war hero’s achievement. Bourton is an iconic Cotswolds village and many tourists would see this special post box and ask what the different colour meant.
“They did it for Olympic gold medallists and so they should do the same for Victoria Cross holders in this centenary year.” he added.
“In fact, this could happen right across the country to recognise the special contribution a group of people made in fighting for Britain.”
Cllr Hodgkinson said that he would be contacting the Ministry of Defence to push the idea forward:
“Someone has to see sense over this. A bit of flexibility from the Royal Mail would be the right thing to do.”
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