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Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 January, 2005, 07:34 GMT
Bank hero gets posthumous honour
A Bristol man who died trying to foil a bank robbery more than 50 years ago is being honoured with a blue plaque outside his former home.

Bob Taylor was awarded a posthumous George Cross after the raid in 1950 on a Lloyds Bank in Westbury Park.

The World War II veteran was one of several bystanders who chased two armed raiders after the heist.

He was shot point blank in the face as he tackled one of the robbers - who were later hanged - and died, aged 29.

The plaque, which marks houses where "great men and women have lived or where they have performed or created important works", will be unveiled at the Fishponds home Mr Taylor shared with his parents.

A second man, Peter Scarman, from Keynsham and now 81, was also awarded a medal for risking his life to catch the bank robbers.

The last blue plaque to be unveiled in the city was for comedian and actor Bob Hope, in 2004.




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