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VC900   John Harold Rhodes   

Name   John Harold Rhodes   No.   15122   

VC Issue No.   900   Awards   VC   DCM & Bar

Regiment   Grenadier Guards, 3rd Battalion



Rank VC Won   Lance-Sergeant

Rank End Of Career   Lance-Sergeant

Place Of Birth   Mellor Street, Packmoor, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England

Place Of Death   48 Casualty Clearing Station, near Fontaine, Notre Dame, Cambrai, France

Buried/Location Ashes   Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt, 7 miles north of Peronne, Somme, France


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone   Headstone (CWGC)    Plot/Grave no.   Plot 3, Row E, Grave 1

Gazetted   26 November 1917

VC Presented   15 July 1918 to his widow, Elizabeth, at her home


P  Headstone, Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt, 7 miles north of Peronne, Somme, France

P  Named on War Memorial,  New Chapel Methodist Church, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

P  Memorial Plaque, Village Green, Packmoor, Staffordshire

P  Memorial Cross, Whitley Road, Ball Green, Staffordshire

P  Named on War Memorial, Memorial Gardens, The Boulevard, Tunstall, Staffordshire

P  Named on War Memorial, Congleton Road, Biddulph, Staffordshire

Memorial Plaque,  Packmoor School, Packmoor, Staffordshire (originally at Chatterley-Whitfield Mining Museum)

P  John Rhodes Way, Tunstall, Staffordshire

Named on War Memorial, Primitive Methodist Church, St Michael's Road, Pittshill, Staffordshire  Now at Tunstall Methodist Church and Centre, Queens Avenue, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

By The Way…

He was the most highly decorated non-commissioned officer in the history of the Grenadier Guards

VC Held By

Grenadier Guards, Guards Museum, Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, London, England



VC 899 VC 901
VC 899
VC 901

The First World War

BORN   17 May 1891

DIED   27 November 1917    AGE   26

VC Won   9 October 1917   AGE   26

Place VC Won   Houthulust Forest, Belgium

War/Campaign   First World War 1917