Commemoration for Richard Bell Davies VC

Commemoration for Richard Bell Davies, VC

On Thursday 19 November the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea stopped for a poignant ceremony and took time to reflect on a local First World War hero, Vice Admiral Richard Bell Davies VC CB DSO AFC.

Paving stone for Richard Bell Davies VC

The children of Holy Trinity School started the ceremony at Sloane Square War Memorial with a specially composed song, “Can You Remember...?” Then guests and passersby looked on as Lady Bell Davies (daughter-in-law to Richard Bell Davies VC) and the Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea unveiled a special paving stone to commemorate Richard Bell Davies’ action at Ferrijik Junction, Bulgaria, on 19 November 1915, for which he received a Victoria Cross.

Unveiling Richard Bell Davies VC paving stone

Guests included a large number of the Bell Davies family, Sergeant Johnson Beharry VC, The Rt. Hon. The Baroness Williams of Trafford, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Department of Communities and Local Government,  the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Cllr Robert Freeman, the Leader of the Council, Cllr Nick Paget-Brown, Lord Cadogan and Sir Michael Craig-Cooper (Freemen of the Royal Borough), local resident and Honorary Vice Admiral, Lord Sterling and representatives of the Fleet Air Arm Officers’ Association.

Speaking about the commemoration, the Mayor said: “It was a great honour to take part in this ceremony – Richard Bell Davies was a remarkable man. Not only did he display the greatest skill and gallantry in the action, which led to the award of his Victoria Cross, but he then continued his distinguished naval career, rising to the rank of Vice Admiral. The Royal Borough is enormously proud of its links with Richard Bell Davies and I am pleased that the paving stone unveiled this morning will provide a lasting reminder of his service and of his valour.”

Richard Bell Davies VC ceremony

For full details of the ceremony see the Order of the Ceremonial

Richard Bell Davies Victoria Cross Order of the Ceremonial