Representatives from Derby City Council and Derby Civic Society today unveiled the latest Blue Plaque in the city at a special ceremony to honour the bravery of Derby war hero, Jacob Rivers.

Former Railwayman, Pte Rivers signed up to join the Sherwood Foresters and, on March 12 1915, he took part in the First World War battle of Neuve Chappelle. During the battle he twice advanced on his own and drove back the enemy by throwing bombs at them, but sadly lost his life. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery.

Private Jacob Rivers

The blue plaque scheme forms part of Derby City Council’s and Derby Civic Society’s partnership to celebrate eminent people with strong links to the city. This blue plaque was erected at Flint Bishop Solicitors, on St Michael’s lane, close to the home of Jacob Rivers.

Commenting on the award of the blue plaque, Councillor Ranjit Banwait, Leader of Derby City Council said:

We are delighted to welcome members of the Derby Civic Society for the unveiling of the latest Blue Plaque. I very much support this project which recognises and celebrates our rich heritage and the people behind making Derby what it is today, including Jacob Rivers who worked on the railways at Derby, before sacrificing his life in a heroic act of bravery during the First World War.

The public were asked to suggest who could be honoured with a blue plaque in the city. Possible recipients must have been deceased for at least 20 years, had a long lasting effect on the city and have a clear link to a building or site in Derby.

Alan Grimadell, Chairman of the Derby Civic Society, said:

I’m delighted that our 18th Blue Plaque is being launched to recognise the work of Jacob Rivers, a true son of Derby. The working partnership between Derby City Council and the Derby Civic Society in promoting the Blue Plaques throughout the City is something that we are all very proud of.