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Runcorn statue of WW1 hero Thomas 'Todger' Jones unveiled

A community-funded statue of a soldier who was awarded the Victoria Cross in World War One has been unveiled.

Thomas 'Todger' Jones was given the medal for killing a sniper and capturing 102 soldiers single-handedly in the Battle of Morval, in 1916.

The bronze statue of Pte Jones has been placed in Runcorn Memorial Gardens following a local fundraising appeal.

The appeal's secretary Martin Kilduff said it was a tribute to all those who have served and returned from war.

He said around 50,000 had been raised to pay for the statue, which was inspired by the fact there nothing in the town to commemorate those who came back from the war.

"This isn't just about 'Todger' Jones and his heroic act in the First World War, it is to honour every serving man and woman that has returned from conflict only to feel forgotten.

"It is a mark of gratitude for the courage and bravery that they have given for their country."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-28630137

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