On Friday 26 August 2016, on the anniversary of ‘The Battle of Le Cateau’ for which Major CAL Yate was posthumously awarded the VC, a ceremony was held in his honour at Madeley’s war memorial in Russell Square. It was attended by eight representatives from the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (Major ‘Cal’s’ former regiment) accompanied by a number of figures from Telford and Wrekin.
At the ceremonial unveiling of the stone, Telford & Wrekin’s Mayor, Councillor Rae Evans said: “It is noteworthy that ‘Cal’ Yate was the only VC recipient in our borough. Whilst this ceremony marks the brave actions of Major Yate, it also commemorates all of the people of Madeley who lost their lives in both Wars.”
The commemorative stone was provided by the Government for all Victoria Cross recipients to mark the centenary of the First World War. It was installed as part of the restoration of Russell Square paid for in part by a ‘Pride in Your High Street Fund’ grant from Telford & Wrekin Council.
For Fitzgerald this is a scheme recently completed involving the relocation and repairs to the memorial, tegular paving and steps and street furniture installation as part of our Term Tender for Telford and Wrekin Council.
Nick Coley from Fitzgerald said ‘We are extremely proud to have played a part in this memorial service to honour Major Cal Yate’.
For further information regarding the memorial service: http://newsroom.telford.gov.uk/News/Details/13363