Green Plaque Awards Scheme
Nominate a person or place for a Green Plaque Award
Is there a person or a place you think deserves to be honoured with a Green Plaque Award? Then get nominating! It’s easy to nominate, just fill in the online form.
You can propose war heroes, local heroes and famous people, philanthropists and entrepreneurs, places with cultural or heritage connections, as well as buildings of historic or architectural importance.
The selection criteria gives details of how we will evaluate nominations.
Take a look at our picture gallery of the Green Plaque unveiling events that have taken place so far.
Green Plaque Award for Private William Henry Buckingham VC
The latest Green Plaque to be unveiled is in honour of William Henry Buckingham VC.
Born in 1886, Private Buckingham spent most of his childhood at the Countesthorpe Cottage Homes for orphaned children. He joined the 2nd Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment at the age of 15 and was posted to France during the First World War. He was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1915 for his extraordinary acts of gallantry whilst exposed to enemy fire during the Battle of Neuve-Chapelle.
Seriously wounded himself during the Battle, he briefly returned to the Countesthorpe Cottage Homes to convalesce. Displaying the bravery and devotion to duty that had earned him the Victoria Cross, he returned to active duty in April 1916, but sadly lost his life during the third and final stage of the Battle of the Somme. His Victoria Cross is held by the Museum of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment.
Nominated by Derek Seaton of Leicester’
Page Last Updated: 8 October 2015