Hull FC fan campaigns for statue of ex rugby player and war hero Jack Harrison

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A campaign has recently been started for a statue of a former Hull FC player and First World War veteran to be erected.

The memorial figure will be located in the city to pay tribute to local hero Jack Harrison.

Hull FC fanatic Ian Judson has set up the Jack Harrison VC statue campaign to pay respect and make people more aware of the sacrifice he made in battle.

Mr Judson and Mark Bones, the campaigns treasurer, spoke to us about the campaign.

Whilst playing for Hull FC, Jack Harrison set a club record of 52 tries in the 1914-15 season, which still stands today. He also scored a try in the 1914 Challenge Cup final, which was the first time Hull had won rugby league’s most prestigious trophy.

In the First World War Mr Harrison became an inspirational figure to many people. He was awarded a Military Cross in March 1917 after leading a patrol under heavy fire, during the battle of the Somme.

He was also awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously for his bravery after dying in battle, On 3 May 1917, after he dashed across No Man’s Land to knock out a German machine gun.

He was shot in this action and his body was never found.

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