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Green Plaque Awards Scheme

 

Green Plaque Award for Flight Lieutenant Geoffrey Rice DFC

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Plaque to honour Flt Lt Geoffrey Rice at Sycamores Inn in Burbage
 
The next Leicestershire County Council Green Plaque to be installed is in honour of Dambuster pilot, Geoffrey Rice.
To commemorate the event, the RAF arranged a Fly Past of a Spitfire and a Hurricane plane.
It was the sight of the Medieval city of Coventry burning twelve miles away on the night of 14th November 1940 that inspired Rice to join the RAF.  
Born in Burbage in 1917, Rice took part in the ‘Dambusters Raid’ on 17th May 1943 and later flew one of nine aircraft despatched to attack the heavily-defended Dortmund-Ems Canal.  His Lancaster was shot down during another operation near Liège, but he managed to avoid capture for four months. He later survived the Long March westwards before being liberated in 1945.  
Educated at Hinckley Grammar School, Rice was a keen cricketer and chorister at St Catherine’s Church.
He died in Somerset in 1981.
Nominated by John Reed of Hinckley
Our picture gallery displays photos of the Green Plaque unveiling events so far.

The first six Awards
Geoffrey Rice is one of the first six chosen by you to be honoured with a Leicestershire County Council Green Plaque.
The first six are:
bellfoundry
james jack geoffrey rice
charles booth alice young graham chapman

So what happens now?

We have started work on the next Green Plaque to be unveiled and will keep you up to date on this page.

Page Last Updated: 22 September 2014