Housing: John Cornwell Victoria Cross National Memorial

Housing: John Cornwell Victoria Cross National Memorial

A Community of six cottage homes in Hornchurch, for occupation by needy disabled or infirm former sailors, administered by The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust.


The John Cornwell Victoria Cross National Memorial (JCVCNM) was established in 1928 to remember the valour of Boy Seaman John Cornwell who died in June 1916 following wounds received in the Battle of Jutland whilst serving onboard HMS CHESTER. He was awarded the Victoria Cross, posthumously, in September 1916. As a lasting memorial to his name, a plot of land was purchased from the money raised by the Mayor of East Ham, on which was built a community of Cottages for occupation by needy disabled and/or infirm former sailors. The Community comprises six semi-detached properties situated in their own grounds at Hornchurch, Essex. The layout of the houses and pathways form a symbolic 'Victoria Cross'.

The accommodation

The accommodation is spread over ground and first floor and consists of lounge, dining room, kitchen, two bathrooms (one on each floor) and two bedrooms. There is full central heating, double-glazing and a small garden to rear. The accommodation is carpeted throughout but unfurnished. The cottages are located within a short walk of local amenities, shops with both over and underground rail links to London. The residents are subject to a Weekly Maintenance Charge (reviewed annually) plus utilities.


The Royal Naval Benevolent Trust became the sole Trustee of the JCVCNM Cottage Homes in February 2008.

Eligibility to occupy

Eligibility is open to all needy disabled and/or infirm former sailors and Royal Marines up to and including the rate or rank of Warrant Officer, and their families.

For further information please contact:

The John Cornwell VC National Memorial
Pembroke House
11 Oxford Road
Kent ME7 4BS

Tel: 01634 852431
Fax: 01634 281709
Email: JCVCNM@pembrokehouse-rnbt.org.uk

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