Walsall War Memorial Statue of John Henry Carless
John Henry Carless VC (11 November 1896 – 17 November 1917) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces, during the First World War.
Carless was born on 11 November 1896 to John Thomas and Elizabeth Carless, of Walsall. He died when he was 21 years old, and an Ordinary Seaman in the Royal Navy during WWI. He was awarded the VC for his actions on 17 November 1917 at the Second Battle of Heligoland Bight, Germany, which led to his death.