George Herbert Lawrence is described in a book about him as “The Forgotten Philanthropist”. But he’s about to be recognised with a blue plaque in the Derbyshire village he did so much for.
OFTEN, full recognition is not given to the worthy during their lifetimes. Recipients of a blue plaque award would often have found that honour unsettling, particularly if they were nominated because of their anonymous good works. It is as well, therefore, that one criteria is to award them posthumously, at least 20 years after the person’s demise.