Alan Lewis won the Victoria Cross in 1918

 St Peter and St Paul, Whitney-on-Wye, Herefordshire
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This peaceful little church was built in 1740 to replace one which was destroyed by the River Wye. It contains treasures from the old church including the medieval east window and the old font that probably dates from the 12th century.
 In the south elevation there are two 2-light windows flanking a round-headed chamfered doorway that has been blocked and which now contains a timber First World War memorial.
 Alan Lewis was a Lance-Corporal in the 6th Battalion, The Northamptonshire Regiment, when he was awarded the Victoria Cross. On 18 September 1918 at Rossnoy, near Lempire, France, Lance-Corporal Lewis was in command of a section on the right of the attacking line, held up by intense machine-gun fire. He saw that two guns were enfilading the line and crawled forward alone, successfully bombed the guns and by rifle fire made the whole team surrender. On 21 September he rushed his company through the enemy barrage, but was killed while getting his men under cover from heavy machine-gun fire. He has no known grave.   
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