The most prestigious award that can ever be awarded in the United Kingdom is the Victoria Cross (civilians are awarded with its less prestigious counterpart "The George Cross"). The Leicestershire Regiment ('The Tigers') served in many campaigns throughout history, and thus, several of its ranks received the Cross. However, there are other Leicester citizens who served in other units, and even services, who were awarded with the VC.
Below, I have compiled a list of all of the Leicestershire "lads" who received the Victoria Cross:
|SMITH, John||Corporal||Leicestershire Regiment||Crimean War||1855|
|ASHFORD, Thomas||Private||The Royal Fusiliers||2nd Afghan War||1880|
|BARRET, John||Colonel||Leicestershire Regiment||First World War||1918|
|BENT, Philip||Lt Colonel||Leicestershire Regiment||First World War||1917|
|BUCKINGHAM, William||Private||Leicestershire Regiment||First World War||1915|
|BEES, William||Corporal||Derbyshire Regiment||Boer War||1901|
|CHAPLIN, John||Colonel||Hampshire Regiment||3rd China War||1860|
|CRUICKSHANK, Robert||Major||London Scottish Regiment||First World War||1918|
|KNOX, Cecil||Major||Corps of Royal Engineers||First World War||1919|
|JEE, Joseph||Deputy Surgeon General||78th Regiment||Indian Mutiny||1857|
|HANNAH, John||Sergeant||83 Squadron, RAF||Second World War||1940|
This is the grave of John Hannah, only the third RAF pilot to be awarded the Cross during the Second World War. He is also the youngest recipient of the Cross, at the age of only 19.
The VC itself is supplied by Hancocks & Company Jewellers of London. The metal is gun-metal from captured Russian guns from the Crimean. There is one ingot of this metal remaining, which should last for at least 100 more medals. On the back of the cross, is engraved the dates of receipt and the date of the deed. On the suspender bar is the details of the recipient (rank, name, unit etc). If the award is bestowed twice to the same person, "bars" are added.