A MOVING ceremony accompanied the unveiling of a plaque commemorating a Victoria Cross hero from Ticknall.
Sgt John Smith – known as the ‘hero of Delhi’ – died 150 years ago, but has never been honoured in the village he came from until now.
The plaque, which has been put up by Ticknall Parish Council, was unveiled on the village hall on Sunday, in a service attended by Sgt Smith’s great-great-great niece and members of her family.
The Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire attended the ceremony, as did members of local cadet groups and a number of other guests. Melbourne Town Band performed.
Celia Bunston, clerk to the council, told the Mail: “It was fantastic, and I think it was quite moving.
“The band was playing military songs, and there were a lot of military people, which gave it quite a formal feel.
“Even though John Smith was born 200 years ago, people still felt it was a good thing to do.”
After the ceremony, there was a tea in the village hall.
Sgt Smith was awarded the Victoria Cross – the UK’s highest military honour – for ‘blowing in the Kashmir Gate of the fortress of Delhi, under a heavy and destructive fire of musketry, on September 14, 1857, preparatory to the assault.’
He was branded hero of Delhi by a newspaper at the time.