The John Cornwell VC National Memorial

12th May 2014

The RNBT operates a small alms-house (6 x semi-detached houses) in Hornchurch, Essex that was built using money raised through public subscription in memory of local lad Boy Seaman John Cornwell VC who died from wounds sustained during the Battle of Jutland in 1916 while serving on the light cruiser HMS CHESTER. The alms-house was completed in the 1920’s and has undergone significant refurbishment over the years the latest of which has focused on the outside. The front gardens are maintained by a contractor who does a fine job. The frontage of the ‘estate’ received a further uplift with the tarmacked area re-laid and the railings repaired and re-painted. There is a plaque at the front gate marking the complex as the John Cornwell VC National Memorial