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Corporal Fred King was awarded the Military Medal whilst serving with 1/7th Queen’s in North Africa in WW2 for taking command of his platoon after his Officer and Sergeant became casualties. Corporal King never wore his medal and never claimed his campaign medals for WW2 and we received this medal as Fred himself received it in 1944. Sadly it was destroyed in the fire at Clandon House in April 2015.

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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.

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GRD Moor was originally commissioned into the 3rd Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment and in August 1915 was granted a regular commission.

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The story here is not so much that Lane won a VC at the battle of Taku Forts in 1860 along with 3 officers from the 67th Regiment; it is that he acquired a second one along the way and both of them are now owned by the Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum in Winchester.

Citation:

No. 612 Private Thomas Lane VC
Taku Forts 21st August 1860