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John Spencer Dunville VC (1896-1917)
Commemoration Ceremony on 27th April 2017

Ceremony held on 27th April 2017 to commemorate the centenary
of the award of the Victoria Cross to 2nd Lieutenant John Spencer Dunville VC.

The photographs on this page were taken by Sergeant Rupert Frere and are Crown Copyright. They are published by the kind permission of The Household Cavalry.

The Victoria Cross of John Spencer Dunville VC.

The Victoria Cross being carried on a Regimental silver salver in ceremonial procession by Regimental Corporal Major Quickfall, through Horse Guards and across Whitehall. Accompanying the procession of the award were two Household Cavalry Dutymen from the Blues and Royals, on horses, carrying the Royal Guidon, two ceremonial Trumpeters, and the Band of the Household Cavalry.

(Photograph not taken by Sergeant Rupert Frere.)

(Photograph not taken by Sergeant Rupert Frere.)

The Address by the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Steve Summers.

The Response by Colonel Crispin Lockhart MBE,
Chief of Staff, London District, of the Household Division.

Ceremonial Trumpeter from the Band of the Household Cavalry.

The commemorative Victoria Cross paving stone for 2nd Lieutenant John Spencer Dunville VC and the Victoria Cross on the silver salver.

The commemorative Victoria Cross paving stone:
Second Lieutenant John Dunville 1st (Royal) Dragoons 24th – 25th June 1917

The Victoria Cross being carried in ceremonial procession across Whitehall back to the Household Cavalry Museum.

The Band of the Household Cavalry.

Om 27th April 2017 a ceremony was held in Westminster to commemorate the award of the Victoria Cross to John Spencer Dunville. Before the ceremony, music was played by the Band of the Household Cavalry. The address was read by the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Steve Summers, and the response was read by Colonel Crispin Lockhart MBE, Chief of Staff, London District, of the Household Division. The Lord Mayor of Westminster read the Victoria Cross Citation and unveiled the commemorative stone, which was then blessed by Reverend G. Scott CF, Chaplain to the Household Cavalry.

Colonel Crispin Lockhart read the exhortation, "They shall not grow old – as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them."

A trumpeter played the Last Post and, after two minutes' silence, both trumpeters played the Reveille. Wreaths were laid. The Band of the Household Cavalry played the National Anthem.

The photographs on this page were taken by Sergeant Rupert Frere and are Crown Copyright. They are published by the kind permission of The Household Cavalry.

There is a short video of parts of the commemoration ceremony on the Facebook page for The Household Cavalry.

See also:

John Spencer Dunville VC (1896-1917)

The Dunville Family of Northern Ireland and Dunville's Whisky

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