Plaque unveiled for local World War 1 hero

Hundreds of people gathered in Barkers Pool this morning to remember one of Sheffield’s bravest World War One Veterans. Sergeant Major John Crawshaw Raynes earnt his Victoria Cross one hundred years ago for his bravery and devotion on duty. He went out under heavy shell fire to save his colleagues despite being badly gassed on the11th and injured on the 12th of October 1915. A special plaque and paving stone was unveiled during the service to commemorate Sergeant Raynes bravery, then the Lord Mayor, Master Cutler and children from Heeley School laid wreaths and paid their respects.