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Memorial Title

Sgt W Gregg VC DCM MM

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: A description of a WW1 war memorial leisure centre to Sgt William Gregg VC DCM MM at Heanor, Derbyshire.
Images
Outside Setting for the plaque Plaque
Locations
Last known location:
William Gregg VC Leisure
 Centre
Hands Rd
Heanor
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE75 7HA

NGR:
SK 43829 46335
(From online digital mapping.)
Location details:
The leisure centre is on the southern side of Hands Rd. The plaque is inside, on the north wall of the entrance.
Type
Overall type: Building.


Overall condition: Good. The inscription is legible and the memorial is well cared for.

Description:

A brick clad leisure centre incorporating a swimming pool, gymnasium and other facilites. The brushed stainless steel plaque bears an inscription in black sentence case block lettering..
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Buildings Brick, steel,
glass, etc.
- - - Good
Plaque Stainless steel c600 c400 - Good
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
Face of building:
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919)
(Victoria Cross Winners)
Number died 0
Number served and returned 1
Total names 1
William
Gregg VC
Leisure Centre
Plaque
Sgt. WILLIAM GREGG
VC, DCM, MM
William Gregg (1890-1969) was born in Heanor
and was the first British soldier ever to receive the
three highest awards for gallantry.

He received the Military Medal and Distinguished
Conduct Medal in 1917 and was awarded the
Victoria Cross in 1918 for “most conspicuous
bravery and brilliant leadership in action” having
taken command of his company which was under
heavy fire. He captured two enemy machine gun
posts and by his actions saved the situation at a
critical time.

He returned to Heanor until his death in 1969.
Administration
Custodian: Places for People Leisure on behalf of Amber Valley Borough Council

Local authorities:
From 1970: Heanor Parish Council; Heanor Urban District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Heanor and Loscoe Town Council; Amber Valley Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History
1970: The building was opened as the William Gregg V.C Swimming Baths.

2009: The premises were extended and privately managed as the William Gregg V.C. Leisure Centre.

14th August, 2009: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson. It was in good condition and well cared for.
References
Comments
Page © Roy Branson