Lasting memorial to decorated Leeds war hero

A Leeds soldier awarded a Victoria Cross for his outstanding bravery during the First World War has been remembered at a special service.

A paving Stone is unveiled for war hero Capt David Hirsch at St Chads War Memorial, Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds...Pamela Holliday the niece of David is pictured at the service pictured with Mayor of Leeds Cllr Gerry Harper and Mayoress Lynne Scholes .27th April 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

The last post was played and a wreath laid as a dedicated Victoria Cross paving stone was unveiled at St Chad’s Church War Memorial in Far Headingley to remember Captain David Philip Hirsch.

Captain Hirsch, from Weetwood Grove, Headingley, served in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France with the 4th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment as part of 150 Brigade.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

He showed inspirational leadership in the fight against a German assault on a strategically important British position in what became known as ‘The Second battle of the Scarpe’ on St George’s Day April 23 1917.

To win the Victoria Cross as Leeds soldier Captain Hirsch did for his outstanding bravery and heroism during the First World War should never be forgotten. It is therefore only right and fitting that a paving stone tribute is now in place at St Chads Church War Memorial close to where he was brought up in Headingley as a lasting reminder of his courage and sacrifice. To see some of Captain Hirschs family in attendance and be able to lead on the unveiling was extremely poignant, and we would like to thank everyone who helped organise the event and worked on the tribute.

Aged only 20, Captain Hirsch died in the battle whilst standing on the parapet above the position his men were holding and steadying them in the face of machine gun fire and counterattack.

His actions were described by the London Gazette as ‘a magnificent example of the greatest devotion to duty’.

Captain Hirsch’s niece Pamela Holliday attended tyhe service along with the Lord Mayor of Leeds Coun Gerry Harper and Coun Jack Dunn

Coun Dunn, said: “To win the Victoria Cross as Leeds soldier Captain Hirsch did for his outstanding bravery and heroism during the First World War should never be forgotten. It is therefore only right and fitting that a paving stone tribute is now in place at St Chad’s Church War Memorial as a lasting reminder of his courage and sacrifice.

A paving Stone is unveiled for war hero Capt David Hirsch at St Chads War Memorial, Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds...27th April 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

“To see some of Captain Hirsch’s family in attendance and be able to lead on the unveiling was extremely poignant.”

A paving Stone is unveiled for war hero Capt David Hirsch at St Chads War Memorial, Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds..27th April 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme
A paving Stone is unveiled for war hero Capt David Hirsch at St Chads War Memorial, Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds...The Procession walks from St Chads Church.27th April 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme
To win the Victoria Cross as Leeds soldier Captain Hirsch did for his outstanding bravery and heroism during the First World War should never be forgotten. It is therefore only right and fitting that a paving stone tribute is now in place at St Chads Church War Memorial close to where he was brought up in Headingley as a lasting reminder of his courage and sacrifice. To see some of Captain Hirschs family in attendance and be able to lead on the unveiling was extremely poignant, and we would like to thank everyone who helped organise the event and worked on the tribute.
A paving Stone is unveiled for war hero Capt David Hirsch at St Chads War Memorial, Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds...27th April 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme
A paving Stone is unveiled for war hero Capt David Hirsch at St Chads War Memorial, Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds..27th April 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme
A paving Stone is unveiled for war hero Capt David Hirsch at St Chads War Memorial, Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds...The Procession walks from St Chads Church.27th April 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme