* Captain J Aidan Liddell VC Memorial

As part of the country wide WW1 commemorations, the Department for Communities and Local Government presented a memorial stone to each of the villages with which those military personnel decorated with the VC were associated. Although Captain Liddell was not born locally, he lived most of his life in the Manor House which has now become Sherfield School. The Parish Council set up a working group to organise an event on 31st July 2015 marking the commemoration in conjunction with BDBC, the school and the regiment/squadron with which he served.

The commemoration involved the unveiling of the centenary memorial stone to Captain John Aidan Liddell VC MC by the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson LL and the Worshipful The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, Councillor Anne Court.

Many other distinguished guests attended including our MP Ranil Jayawardena, a representative from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and the Squadron Standard and personnel from 7 Squadron, Royal Air Force, Odiham.

The Memorial Stone was presented to Sherfield on Loddon because, although Captain Liddell was born in Northumberland, Sherfield Manor (now Sherfield School) became the Liddell family home for many years.  

At the outbreak of WW1, Aidan Liddell joined the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders and served in France where he was awarded the Military Cross. In 1915 he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps and served as a pilot with 7 Squadron at St Omer, France flying RE5 aircraft.

It was here on 31st July 1915 whilst flying on a reconnaissance mission that Captain Liddell received very serious injuries from an enemy aircraft attack which resulted in his subsequent death on 31st August 1915. He was awarded the Victoria Cross because, in spite of his terrible injuries, he safely landed his badly damaged aircraft at a friendly airfield thus saving the aircraft and the life of his Observer/Gunner.