DEDICATION CEREMONY FOR CAPT VICKERS VC
Nottingham City Council, along with the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, will be hosting a ceremony for the
unveiling of the paving stone for Capt Charles Vickers VC (Sherwood Foresters). This will take place on
Friday 4 December at the Victoria Embankment War Memorial at 1100 hours. A paving stone for
Pte Samuel Harvey of the York and Lancaster Regiment will also be unveiled and it is expected that the
ceremony will last for approx 30 minutes.
The Regimental Family, Standard Bearers, Association members and their families are invited to attend.
Capt Vickers, who also served in WWII, was with the 7th (Robin Hoods) Battalion; one of the first Territorial
Divisions to land in France in February 1915. Vickers, who was an Acting Captain, took part in some of the
heaviest fighting in autumn 1915 at the Battle of Loos and the Battle of Hohenzollern Redoubt. Vickers, with
the help of two soldiers, held a barrier against heavy bomb fire for several hours. The Germans then
attacked from both the front and flank of the trench. To help secure the safely of the trench, Vickers ordered
the men to build a second barrier behind him. Eventually wounded from the attacks, Vickers was
taken to hospital and thanks to his efforts the position was held. Vickers remained in hospital until October
1916. It was during this time that he was awarded a Victoria Cross for his actions on the 14th October 1915
for his ‘most conspicuous bravery’.