The Mexborough Heritage Blue Plaque Society are proud to announce that a plaque commemorating Mexborough’s Victoria Cross Recipient, Sapper William Hackett will be unveiled his former Home at 43 Crossgate, Mexborough on Sunday June 23rd 2019 at 11.00 am.
Hackett, who had settled in Mexborough as a miner, signed up for the Royal Engineers and became tunneller in 1915.
In June 1916 the tunnel he was working on with four other men collapsed after enemy shelling. The London Gazette from that August reported on his bravery, during the subsequent rescue attempt.
“After working for 20 hours, a hole was made through fallen earth and broken timber, and the outside party was met. Sapper Hackett helped three of the men through the hole and could easily have followed, but refused to leave the fourth, who had been seriously injured, saying,” I am a tunneller, I must look after the others first.” Meantime, the hole was getting smaller, yet he still refused to leave his injured comrade. Finally, the gallery collapsed, and though the rescue party worked desperately for four days, the attempt to reach the two men failed. Sapper Hackett well knowing the nature of sliding earth, the chances against him, deliberately gave his life for his comrade”
All are welcome to attend the unveiling.