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Victoria Cross loan will mark ‘Hero of Delhi’ plaque event

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 01, 2014

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A MILITARY medal awarded for ‘most conspicuous bravery’ has been loaned to a parish ahead of an event to mark a village war hero.

The collectable dealer Hancocks of London has allowed Ticknall Parish Council to borrow a Victoria Cross, which will go on display in an exhibition at the village hall, on May 17.

The loan is part of the parish council’s plans to commemorate Sergeant John Smith, dubbed the ‘Hero of Delhi’ after he was awarded the medal during an attack in the Indian city in 1857.

A memorial plaque to Sgt Smith on the village hall will be unveiled on May 18, 150 years after his death.

Parish council clerk, Celia Bunston, said: “The parish council is delighted that Hancocks of London, has kindly loaned us this Victoria Cross to put on display.

“We are most grateful to them for this gesture.”

The original medal awarded to Sgt Smith is believed to be in the hands of a private collector, and not available for public viewing.

The Victoria Cross is the highest award for gallantry which members of the British Armed forces can receive.

They are cast from two Russian cannons which British forces seized during the Crimean War.

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