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BERNARD VANN REMEMBERED

Former Cobbler killed in action 100 years ago

3 October 2018

100 years ago, on October 3rd 1918, former Cobblers striker Bernard Vann was killed in action in WW1 at Ramicourt in France.

Vann, who was born in Rushden, was a remarkable figure.

In terms of his footballing career, he was a centre forward who played for the Cobblers between 1905 and 1907, scoring five goals in eight appearances.

He is more widely recognised though for his work in WW1 and was a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry that can be awarded to British armed forces.

He was the only ordained clergyman of the Church of England to be awarded the VC in the Great War as a combatant.

His wife gave birth to his son, Geoffrey, eight months after his death.

Vann is buried in the Bellicourt Cemetry in northern France.


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