War hero honoured with a Green Plaque

Brigadier-General James Lochhead Jack Green Plaque unveiling at The Old House in Kibworth Harcourt by County Councillor Peter Lewis and Louise Jack (Granddaughter) with nominators Angela Hall, Clare Langan and Dr Kevin Feltham.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER
Brigadier-General James Lochhead Jack Green Plaque unveiling at The Old House in Kibworth Harcourt by County Councillor Peter Lewis and Louise Jack (Granddaughter) with nominators Angela Hall, Clare Langan and Dr Kevin Feltham.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

A war hero whose diaries of time in the trenches have been published has been 
honoured with a Green Plaque from Leicestershire County Council.

The plaque for Brigadier-General James Lochhead Jack was unveiled on Thursday, May 21 at his former home in Kibworth Harcourt.

General Jack’s plaque is the sixth and final plaque from the first round of the scheme to be unveiled by the council.

The Brigadier-General fought in the trenches during the First World War and moved to Kibworth Harcourt in 1923, where he helped to set up the local Home Guard unit. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order medal and served as a Magistrate for more than 30 years.

Peter Lewis, of Leicestershire County Council, said: “The memory of General Jack lives on in Kibworth Harcourt and I am pleased that a Green Plaque will now take pride of place on the Grade I listed house he and his family once lived in.”

Brigadier-General James Lochhead Jack received three nominations for the honour in 2014.

Angela Hall, from Fleckney, was one of the nominators. On hearing the news that he was among those chosen to receive an award, she said: “It is fantastic that a Green Plaque has been awarded to General Jack.

“This is a great tribute to a man who fought in the trenches for the entire length of World War One and survived! It fits in so well with the 100th anniversary commemorations.”

General Jack’s family, including granddaughter Louise Jack and nephew Julian Watson, attended the unveiling alongside the three nominators.

Clare Langan is the current owner of the Old House and is one of the nominators.

She said: “A massive thank you to everyone who took the time to cast their votes for General Jack.

“The General himself was a very modest man, by all accounts, but I know his family will be deeply touched and honoured that he is to be commemorated with a Green Plaque at his old home.”

County Councillor Dr Kevin Feltham also put the General’s name forward for the award.

He added: “I am very pleased that Kibworth Harcourt boy’s own hero has been recognised by the public. This is tremendous news for the village and his surviving family who will feel very proud, I am sure, that he is being honoured with a Green Plaque Award.”

The second collection of plaques has now been chosen, all plaque winners can be viewed by visiting www.leics.gov.uk/greenplaques.