One hundred years after his bravery in France, Alfred Herring’s commemorative stone was unveiled at the Tottenham War Memorial outside the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London last month (Friday 23 March).
On 23/24 March 1918 at Montagne Bridge, France, the enemy had gained a position on the south bank of the canal and Second Lieutenant Herring's post was surrounded, but he immediately counter-attacked and recaptured the position, together with 20 prisoners and six machine-guns. During the night, the post was continually attacked, but all attacks were beaten off, largely because Lieutenant Herring was frequently visiting his men and cheering them up. It was owing to his bravery and magnificent handling of his troops that the enemy advance was held up for 11 hours at a very critical period.
The ceremony included prayer, speeches and hymns, which lasted around 30 minutes. Tottenham Hotspur ambassador Ledley King was there and even spoke to some of our students about the event. He said “It is important for us to come together as a community to remember the heroic actions of Alfred Herring and reflect on the incredible courage displayed by him and many others 100 years ago.”
After the ceremony the Mayor invited attendees to join him in the town hall for tea and coffee.
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