Commemoration Service for Humphrey Firman VC

Silence fell at South Kensington Station on 25 April 2018 when the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea remembered local First World War hero Humphrey Osbaldeston Brooke Firman VC.

Paving stone for Humphrey Firman VC

Passersby stopped and observed the ceremony held outside South Kensington station as a special paving stone was unveiled to commemorate Humphrey Firman’s act of valour at the Siege of Kut, on 24 April 1916, for which he received a Victoria Cross.

Paving stone commemoration for Humphrey Firman VC
Paving stone commemoration for Humphrey Firman VC
The paving stone for Humphrey Firman VC was unveiled by the Mayor
The paving stone for Humphrey Firman VC was unveiled by the Mayor

The commemorative paving stone was unveiled by Commodore Martin Atherton, O.B.E., R.N. and the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Councillor Robert Freeman.

Born in Kensington on 24 November 1886, Humphrey Firman was a lieutenant in the Royal Navy during the First World. He was 29 years old when he was killed in action.

Victoria Cross citation for Humphrey Firman VC

The Mayor reading the citation for Humphrey Firman CV
The Mayor reading the citation for Humphrey Firman CV

For full details of the ceremony you can download the Order of the Ceremonial:

Humphrey Firman VC: Order of the Ceremonial