Join the fight to honour Maldon's forgotten war hero

Ben Cobey

Ben Cobey

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Can people power win Maldon war hero Ben Cobey a Victoria Cross 100 years after his death?

We hope so - and we need your help.

In this centenary year of the start of the First World War, the Standard believes the Government should finally recognise the 19-year-old’s sacrifice for his country.

Ben’s family have long campaigned for him to be given the same recognition as his three surviving comrades.

He died during the Battle of Mons in France in August 1914 while pulling the guns away from the battle line, following an order to retreat.

Ben’s mother Maria, who was unmarried, started the campaign.

It was later taken up by his cousin Blanche Harvey, then his descendants Robert Dunn and Bill Francis and Maldon historian Stephen Nunn.

Mr Nunn has written to high profile figures including the Queen, David Cameron, the Ministry of Defence and MP John Whittingdale.

Lord Astor of Hever, parliamentary undersecretary of state at the MoD, wrote that while Driver Cobey’s actions were selfless and heroic: “It would be wrong for the Ministry of Defence to question the decisions made at that time.

To sign the petition, visit http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/david-cameron-award-posthumous-victoria-cross-to-benjamin-g-cobey

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1:11pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Jack222 says...

No. I agree he was heroic but the way to propose a VC is done at the time , not a hundred years later ...
No. I agree he was heroic but the way to propose a VC is done at the time , not a hundred years later ... Jack222
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8:04pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Bargeboy says...

A typically negative and pathetic comment from Jack222. Mind you, it was thanks to people like Ben that he is able to have his "free views" today. You choose - Jack or Ben.
A typically negative and pathetic comment from Jack222. Mind you, it was thanks to people like Ben that he is able to have his "free views" today. You choose - Jack or Ben. Bargeboy
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2:49pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Chris Danes says...

There is no statute of limitation on VC's and this is long overdue. The story is one of tragedy and social prejudice.
There is no statute of limitation on VC's and this is long overdue. The story is one of tragedy and social prejudice. Chris Danes
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7:57pm Fri 7 Mar 14

tracy cobey says...

ben deserves the VC sign his petition from his essex family darryl tracy rhys and shelby COBEY. thankyou. ps you keep forgeting about us stephen nunn.
ben deserves the VC sign his petition from his essex family darryl tracy rhys and shelby COBEY. thankyou. ps you keep forgeting about us stephen nunn. tracy cobey
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