A commemorative stone will be unveiled in Beaconsfield on November 9, at the town’s Remembrance Parade in honour of Captain Francis Grenfell.

A stone has already been unveiled at his birth place, Guildford, on Sunday, August 24.

The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has provided free stones for the birth places of recipients of the VC.

Ceremonies are taking place over the next four years 100 years to the day since each recipient’s actions.

As Grenfell grew up in Beaconsfield, the town council, the historical society and campaigners agreed to buy an additional stone for the town.

Captain Grenfell, a member of the 9th (Queen’s Royal) Lancers, was awarded the highest military honour for valour ‘in the face of the enemy’ for his actions on August 24, 1914 during the British Army’s withdrawal from the Belgian city of Mons.

He was the third soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in the First World War.

Campaigner Kari Dorme said: “I am so pleased to hear the news that Beaconsfield will be receiving the government’s commemorative paving stone for our VC hero Capt Francis Grenfell.

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“On [November 9] we will honour and remember Capt Francis Grenfell and of course all the brave heroes whose names are on our war memorial.”

Mayor of Beaconsfield Steve Jones attended the Guildford service. He said: “I think it’s hard to really imagine what it must have been like [for Captain Grenfell].

“It must have been desperately hard to exist, the conditions were frightful.

“I think people were incredibly resilient and brave and I’m not sure how any of us would perform in a similar situation. It’s hard really to appreciate just how tough it was.”

He added: “We have been keen about this since it was first announced these were to be made available for those with VCs and were prepared to consider justify having our own.”