12 September 2014
Thirteen year old Kai Lofts, an Army Cadet at 236 Kensington Detachment attended a special ceremony in Kensington in early September dressed in the army uniform of the early 1900s. He was there supporting The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Councillor Maighread Condon-Simmonds in a ceremony to mark the brave action of a local hero.
Battery Sergeant Major George Thomas DORRELL VC of ‘L’ Battery, Royal Horse Artillery had been awarded the VC for his actions at Nery, on 1st September 1914.
His memory was honoured today with a VC commemorative paving stone in his home Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The commemorative stone is at the Kensington War Memorial outside St Mary Abbots Church, Kensington Church Street, London W8 4LA. Together with Mr. George Brand (a grandson of George Dorrell) Cadet Kai Lofts helped the Mayor to unveil the special paving stone.
The Mayor of the Royal Borough, Cllr Maighread Condon-Simmonds, said: “I was honoured to be able to lead the borough’s ceremony to remember the sacrifice George Dorrell made during WW1.”
In Kensington and Chelsea there were no fewer than nine residents who, during the First World War, were awarded the Victoria Cross. A total of 628 Victoria Crosses were awarded during the First World War, 454 of them to UK-born recipients and 85 to Londoners.