A plaque has been unveiled to commemorate the recipient of the last Victoria Cross to be awarded with the blue Royal Naval ribbon.

More than 80 people gathered in Gilfach Goch, a small village in the Rhondda valleys, to remember Chief Petty Officer George Prowse VC DCM.

The plaque was installed outside the village community centre, near to where CPO Prowse lived before he enlisted in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve

The Welshman served in Flanders and France with the Drake Battalion Royal Navy Division during the First World War. CPO Prowse displayed notable heroism and bravery on numerous occasions, before he was killed in action in September 1918.

In July 1919, Sarah Prowse led the list of posthumous awards at Buckingham Palace and received her husband’s blue ribbon Victoria Cross from HM King George V.

The blue ribbon was later abolished when HM King George signed a warrant that stated all recipients would receive a maroon ribbon.

The Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Wales will mark Armistice Day 2018 with a series of stories from across the country. Selling poppies or holding an act of remembrance in your local area? Use the hashtag #RFCARemembers on social media to feature on our digital platforms.

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