Victoria Cross Centenary Celebrations


2 April – 8 April 2017


As part of a national programme to honour World War 1 Victoria Cross recipients, Wroughton Parish Council has arranged a week of community events to mark the centenary for William Gosling V.C.


Although he was born in Wanborough, William Gosling lived and farmed most of his life in Wroughton.

He was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1917 whilst serving in the Royal Field Artillery at Arras, France. 


The Victoria Cross (VC) is the highest award of the U.K. honours system. It is given for  

'most conspicuous bravery, or some daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice,

or extreme devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy’  




A week of public events have been organised to mark this significant centenary and as a tribute to all men and women who have served their country at home and abroad.

The centenary week runs from 2 April 2017 to 8 April 2017, commencing with a service and parade to the village war memorial, where H.M. Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire will join parishioners in a service of thanksgiving and unveil a commemorative stone accompanied by members of the family, Royal Artillery and local dignitaries.


For full details of all events click here.