Jack Cornwall

Jack Travers Cornwell, at the age of sixteen, served as a Boy (1st class) on board H.M.S. “Chester” imagesCATNX9F8at the Battle of Jutland in 1916. Morally wounded early in the action, he remained at his post awaiting orders until the end of the action, with the dead and dying around him. Transferred to Grimsby Hospital, Cornwell died from his wounds on June 2nd, 1916  before his mother could arrive at the hospital. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Jack had been a Scout in London, England. To perpetuate his memory the Jack Cornwell Decoration (formerly the “Cornwell Scout Badge”) was instituted.