A commemorative paving stone was unveiled on 8th December in Islington Memorial Green to mark exactly 100 years since local soldier Corporal Charles Train earned a Victoria Cross by rushing forward under heavy fire to attack an enemy position.
Corporal Train was born at 58 Chatterton Road, Islington in 1890 and attended the Gillespie Road London County Council school. He joined The London Regiment (London Scottish) in 1909 aged 18 and following the outbreak of the First World War arrived in France in September 1914.
Corporal Train was 27 years old when on 8 December 1917 he found himself at Ein Kerem, near Jerusalem, in Ottoman controlled Palestine. During the subsequent fighting he displayed such exceptional bravery that he was awarded Britain’s highest medal for gallantry.