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Tom Dresser VC memorial

Tom Dresser was born on 21 July 1892. He was 24 years old, and a private in the 7th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra, Princess of Wales' Own), British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

Despite being twice seriously wounded when crossing 'no man's land' between the battalion headquarters and the front line, just outside Roeux in Northern France, Private Dresser delivered a vital message to his Commanding Officer in the trenches, a message which proved of great value to his battalion at a critical time in the battle of Arras.

Returning home to Middlesbrough after demobilisation at the end of World War One, Tom Dresser lived a modest life until his passing in 1982 at the age of 90, never talking about his heroic achievements or his military engagement, although he served in the Home Guard from 1939 to 1945 when war broke out again.

The unveiling of the Tom Dresser VC statue and centenary stone took place on Friday 12 May 2017 at the Dorman Museum. The funding for the statue was raised entirely by the Dresser family.

Tom Dresser VC statue outside the Dorman Museum

Stanley Hollis VC memorial

Company Sergeant Major Hollis VC was born in Archibald Street, Middlesbrough in 1912, and became a steelworker and lorry driver before enlisting in the army.

He went on to become the only person to be awarded the Victoria Cross on D-Day, being recommended twice for his actions on June 6, 1944.

He braved heavy machine gun fire during the landings and was wounded so many times he was branded 'the man they couldn't kill.'

The tribute to the legendary Green Howard was made possible thanks to a £150,000 fundraising campaign by the Stanley Hollis VC Memorial Fund Committee led by retired businessman Brian Bage.

Stanley Hollis VC statue opposite the cenotaph