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VC
Kent Victoria Cross Register

The Victoria Cross (VC) can only be awarded for "most conspicuous bravery, or some daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self sacrifice or extreme devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy". It has been awarded only 1,355 times since the Crimean War, the majority of the medals going to British and Commonwealth troops. The Victoria Cross is in the shape of a Maltese Cross. It measures 1.375 inches across, and with the suspender bar and link, weighs around 0.87 ounces. It's dull in colour, made from gunmetal from the cascabels of two cannon captured from the Russians at Sebastopol in the Crimea. During the Great War it is believed that a few medals were struck using metal derived from other sources. The cross itself is cast, then chased and finished by hand by the London Jewellers Messrs Hancocks (now Hancocks & Co Limited). The chunk of gunmetal they are made from is stored by the British Army in a secure vault at C.O.D Donnington (15th Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps Stores Depot).

93 supremely gallant men
All with a link or connection to Kent

* Our Thanks to Tony Grant for assistance taking some photographs*

ADDISON W.R.F
(Cranbrook, Goudhurst)
His Grave in Brookwood
BELL D
(Gillingham)
BORTON A.D
(Hunton, Yalding)
BRENNAN J.C
(Folkestone)
BRUNT J.H.C
(Paddock Wood)
BUSHELL C
(Wye, St Margarets)
BYRNE T
(Canterbury)
COFFIN C
(Tunbridge Wells)
COLEMAN J
(St Mary in the Marsh)
COMMERELL J.E
(Folkestone)
Link 2
CONGREVE W.N
(Chatham)
DEAN D
(Tunstall, Sittingbourne)
DOBSON C.C
(Gillingham)
DOUGALL E.S
(Tunbridge Wells)
DOUGLAS H.E.M
(Gillingham)
DURRANT T.F
(Farnborough)
ESMONDE E
(Gillingham)
EVANS W.J.G
(Beckenham)
FLAWN T
(Plumstead)
FREEMAN J
(Sittingbourne)
GORT J.S.S.P.V
(Penshurst)
GOULD T.W
(Dover, Bromley)
GRANT J.D
(Tunbridge Wells)
HARDEN H.E
(Northfleet)
HARMAN J.P
(Beckenham)
HARRIS T.J
(Halling)
HOUSE W
(Dover)
KELLAWAY J
(Chatham)
KERR W.A
(Folkestone)
KIRBY F.H
(Sidcup, Chatham)
LAFONE A.M
(Sevenoaks, Knockholt)
LEET W.K
(Great Chart)
LUCAS C.D
(Mereworth, Gt Culverden)
WALKER M
(Folkestone, Canterbury) 
MALING G.A
(Chislehurst)
MANNOCK E
(Canterbury, Ashford)
McCUDDEN J.T.B
(Brompton, Gillingham)
McHALE P
(Shorncliffe, Folkestone)
McKENZIE A.E
(Chatham)
McWHEENEY W
(Dover)
MOUAT J
(Chatham)
NEAME P
(Selling)
NEWMAN A.C
(Sandwich, Barham)
NORWOOD J
(Beckenham)
PALMER R.A.M
(Gillingham)
PARSONS F.N
(Dover)
SEWELL C.H
(R. West Kent's VC)
SIDNEY W.P
 (Penshurst)
SMITH A
(Plumstead)
SMITH J
(Dartford/Buffs VC)
STEELE G.C
(Hythe)
STUART R.N
(Charing)
SUTTON W
(Ightham)
TEMPLE W
(Tunbridge Wells)
TRAYNOR W.B
(Dover)
VALLANTIN J.F
(Hythe)
WELLS H
(Ashford, Herne)
WHITE G.S
(Bromley)
WOODEN C
(Dover)
LASSEN A.F.E.V.S
(Buffs / SAS VC)
MAUDE F.F
(Buffs VC)
COTTER W.R
(Sandgate, Buffs VC)
CONNERS J
(Buffs VC)
TISDALL A.W.S
(Deal)
BRADFORD G.N
(Brabourne)
BRADFORD R.B
(Brabourne)
CAIRNS G.A
(Sidcup)
COLYER-FERGUSSON T.R
(Ightham Mote)
CAIRNES G.A
(Sidcup)
LEAROYD R.A.B
(Folkestone, Littlestone)
STEWART (STEUART) W.G.D
(Hythe)
BEHARRY J
(1 PWRR - Iraq)
DOOGAN J
(Folkestone)
VICOUNT DE L'ISLE
(Penshurst)
WHITE W.A
(Hildenborough)
CONNORS J
(Buffs VC)
LUMLEY C
(West Kent's VC)
HARMAN J.P
(West Kent's VC)
CRISP T
(Chatham Naval Memorial)
LEAROYD  R.A.B
(Folkestone)
FEGEN E.S.F
(Chatham Naval Memorial)
DIXON C.D
(Pembury)
CHARD J.R.M
(Rochester Cathedral)
HARRISON A.L.H
(Dover College Pupil)
BAMFORD E
(Deal)
DOOGAN J
(Shorncliffe, Folkestone)
JONES R.B.B
(Anerley, Bromley)
KNOWLAND G.A
(Catford, Formerly in Kent)
MACLEAN H.L.S
(Marden)
MIDDLETON R.H
(Crashed sea off Dymchurch)
QUERIPEL L.E
(Tunbridge Wells)
REYNOLDS H
(Beckenham)
TAYLOR J
(Plumstead)
DOOGAN J
(Folkestone)

Kim Robinson's VC

Kent VC Headstones that require urgent protection and restoration

It is a national disgrace that often deceased VC men have no headstone or their headstones are decayed to the extent you can no longer read their names! We think this reflects very badly on the United Kingdom and in particular the local inhabitants where the grave lies. It is ludicrous that the world’s Fourth richest country neglects it’s heros like this! The VC men are fine examples to our sons and daughters - NOT the badly behaved, overpayed footballers and drug-ridden half-men of the “pop” industry the media often seeks to falsely “lionise”. We name and shame here the local authorities, parish councils, clergy and church PCC's who have patently allowed their VC graves to gradually decay and fall apart. Their normal response to our accusations is (wait for it) -  lack of money! This is ridiculous because the most wealthy areas are often the worst offenders. It's outrageous!

BORTON A.D
(Hunton, Maidstone)
COFFIN C
(Tunbridge Wells)
DEAN D
(Tunstall)
WALKER M
(Folkestone)
KERR W.A
(Folkestone)
COMMERRELL J.E
(Folkestone)
WHITE W.A
(Hildenborough)

Victoria Cross Websites
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_Cross
http://www.victoriacross.org.uk/vcross.htm
http://www.dvdhoven.nl/Victoria-Cross/
http://www.victoriacross.co.uk/
http://www.victoriacrosssociety.com/

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David W Hughes : Neil R Clark : Kyle D Tallett