Date Published 30 October 2018
It was another proud day for our town of Newton Le Willows last week when the hard work of Newton and Earlestown Community Group where able to reach their £100,000 target to unveil the beautiful Statue honouring Newton-le-Willows` Victoria Cross hero Norman Harvey.
Norman was 19 when he won his VC medal on October 25, 1918 for his actions in Ingoyhem, Belgium. Despite his age, when Norman`s battalion was held up and suffering severe casualties from machine-gun fire, he ran forward and engaged the enemy single-handed, killing two, wounding one and capturing 12 men and two guns.
He later used a hidden machine-gun to put the enemy to flight. When night fell, he went out alone and gathered important information. Throughout these actions, Norman was limping as he had a sprained ankle.
Take a walk down to Mesnse park and embrace the remarkable statue for yourself, yet another great addition to our town.