The grave of Burton’s bravest soldier was restored thanks to a fundraising campaign run by Andrew. William Coltman, who was born in Rangemore and later lived in Winshill, received the Victoria Cross, the highest military award for gallantry, as well as the Military Medal and Distinguished Conduct Medal twice. The decorations made him the most decorated non-commissioned officer in the First World War, where he served as a stretcher bearer.
William Coltman VC is buried in Burton, Staffordshire at St Mark’s Church, Winshill.
Andrew started the campaign after learning the grave had become derelict and overgrown, and Burtonians gave generously to raise the funds to allow the Victoria Cross Trust, of which Andrew is a patron, to complete the refurbishment. A new footplate, kerbstones and a memorial inscribed with LCpl Coltman’s status.
Following the completion of the work a memorial service was held, attended by members of the Coltman family, the Bishop of Derby, and representatives from the Mercian Regiment.
Andrew is a Patron of the Victoria Cross Trust. You can learn more about their work at http://victoriacrosstrust.org/