A service to remember the only holder of the Victoria Cross from Herefordshire is set to take place today at The Old Market in Hereford.

At 11am, a commemoration will take place at the statue, which is located next to the Wildwood Restaurant at Old Market Hereford.

Lance Corporal Lewis took part in the final allied push to break the German Hindenburg Line in late 1918. He showed exceptional bravery under fire during these final battles, but was killed on 21 September 1918, a few weeks before the war’s end. He has no known grave. The extraordinary acts of heroism performed by Lance Corporal Lewis during the First World War led to the awarding of the Victoria Cross.

Dawn Lewis, Chair of the A L Lewis VC Memorial Fund and great-niece of Allan spoke in 2018 when a statue was unveiled at The Old Market in Hereford:

“When I first thought of the idea of a statue, some said it was a wonderful thought yet an adventurous task. Through the hard work and commitment of my team, and with the support of all those who have contributed, whether it be monetary or by giving their time and skills, we have reached our goal.  I am delighted to be able to commemorate Allan’s short but heroic life with my family, trustees and supporters. Dreams do come true!”