RESIDENTS gathered in Chepstow yesterday to remember the bravery of a sailor awarded the Victoria Cross at Gallipoli in 1915.

Wreaths were laid in tribute at the service in Beaufort Square to William Charles Williams to remember his heroic action at the Gallipoli Landing on April 25, 1915.

Chepstow is one a handful of places around the UK where Gallipoli Day, also known as ANZAC day is commemorated.

Mr Williams later became one of only 39 people to receive the VC in the Gallipoli campaign for his bravery.

He had jumped into the sea and stood, with three other men, chest deep in the sea holding a rope keeping the drifting lighters together and helping two battalions to disembark at Gallipoli's V beach. He was wounded and later killed by a shell.

He is honoured by the German U boat gun in Beaufort Square, a painting showing the landing in Priory Church of St Mary, as well as a display in Chepstow Museum which shows more of his story.