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Veterans Joe Robinson and John Buckley look at a plaque in Efford Cemetery in memory of James Bulmer Johnson
VETERANS in Plymouth are on a mission to commemorate one of Plymouth's most decorated war heroes.
The Plymouth City Centre Armed Forces Supporters Branch the Royal British Legion is planning to stage a memorial service and wreath-laying ceremony for James Bulmer Johnson, who was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1918.
Branch standard bearer John Martyn said the idea for the occasion was suggested at a recent meeting of the Federation of Plymouth and District Ex-Service Associations.
And John said his branch volunteered to honour the city World War One hero.
Branch members are now trying to trace family members of James Bulmer Johnson to invite them to the occasion, provisionally set for March 23 at Efford Cemetery, where he was cremated.
A plaque at the cemetery commemorates his bravery.
"He was obviously a Plymouth hero and we feel it's only right that we treat him as one," said John.
"Our aim is to honour him with a memorial service and wreath-laying in March.
"From what we have learned he deserves no less than that, that's for sure."
John said Royal British Legion members and their families are helping with the search for information.
"My wife has emailed someone with the same surname in the States and we are waiting to hear back," he added.
"We are searching for information online and using social media to try and contact people to see what else we can find out."
James Bulmer Johnson was awarded the Victoria Cross for his heroics serving with the Northumberland Fusiliers in World War One.
A true hero, the soldier dodged machine gun fire to rescue wounded comrades during a bloody battle in the Wez Macquart region, near the Belgian border.