Jack Cornwell VC ‘Giants Garden’ Commemoration
Significant Seams will be installing over 800 poppies crafted by volunteers and members of the community at two special events. The culmination of Waltham Forest council’s commission for the ‘Giants Garden’ will commemorate John Travers Cornwell.
Commonly known as Jack Cornwell, a young soldier born in Leyton and enlisted in the Royal Navy at the age of 15. He was fatally wounded at the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916, died two days later and was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his gallantry.
Join us, along with the Royal Navy, at the National Ceremony at Coronation Gardens and at the local family day at the renaming of Skelton’s Lane Park in Jack’s honour (details below) to commemorate the centenary of Jack Cornwell’s death, the youngest person to be awarded the Victoria Cross not only in WW1 but in the whole of the 20th century.
Service of Remembrance
Thursday 26th May 11am-12pm Coronation Gardens, Leyton High road E10 5NG
Join us for a service in Jack’s memory where a paving stone as a permanent reminder of his legacy will be unveiled.
Thursday 2nd June 2pm-4pm, Skelton’s Lane, Leyton, E10 5BS
Clyde Place, where jack Cornwell was born, is just around the corner from Skelton’s Lane Park. On the centenary of his death the London Borough of Waltham Forest will be renaming the park in his honour and celebrating his legacy with music and activities for all the family where you learn more about Jack, WW1 and can make your own poppy.
If you require any further information, please use the Contact Form, selecting the subject of ‘Community projects’, or you can pop in to the Hub at 131 Wood St, E17 3LX.
Cover image courtesy of Vestry House Museum