John Travers Cornwell, VC
Person Male Born 8/1/1900 Died 2/6/1916
Born at Clyde Place, Leyton. Killed at the Battle of Jutland, aged 16. We thank Jamie Davis for finding this link to the British Pathe news film of the unveiling, by MP Dr MacNamara, of Cornwell's grave monument on 31 December 1920 at Manor Park Cemetery.
A 2014 news item reported the search for a missing plaque commemorating Cornwell: "Cornwell was onboard HMS Chester when it came under attack from four German cruisers. Although severely wounded he remained standing at his post, with the entire gun crew around him dead or dying, for more than 15 minutes until the ship retired from the action. He died in hospital two days later. The position where he stood was marked with a brass plaque which was still in place when the ship arrived in Llanelli, six years later, to be broken up at Rees Shipbreaking Co." But then the plaque was lost.
216: An article in the Guardian referred to Cornwell's heroism and prompted correspondence on the letters page pointing out that there is no evidence and that the government used the incident for propaganda.