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Jack Cornwell VC

Photograph of Jack Cornwell 1915

Dunkirk's most famous ex-school pupil is Jack Cornwell:

John Travers Cornwell VC (8 January 1900 – 2 June 1916), commonly known as

Jack Cornwell or as Boy Cornwell, is remembered for his gallantry at the

Battle of Jutland during World War One. Having died at the age of only 16, he

was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in

the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Cornwell is the third-youngest recipient of the VC after Andrew Fitzgibbon

and Thomas Flinn.

Last updated: Fri, 04 Sep 2020 16:46