Pawn ticket (Victoria Cross)

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Edmund Lenon won his VC at Taku Forts 21st April 1860. After his retirement from the Army in 1869, he went on the London Stock Exchange where he made a considerable amount of money. Unfortunately, he later lost all of it in unlucky speculation and to raise some money pawned his VC and China War medal for the princely sum of 10/- (50p)!

Fortunately the medals were recovered and after a circuitous route arrived at the Regimental Museum in Winchester.

Edmund died in 1893 aged 54 and was buried in Kensall Green Cemetery, London, in a pauper’s grave. A few years ago the Regiment and his descendants provided his grave with a headstone engraved with his name and the details of his Victoria Cross.