Headstone placed at grave of soldier John Buckley VC in Tower Hamlets

Ceremony to rededicate a headstone in Tower Hamlets cemetery for soldier John Buckley.

Ceremony to rededicate a headstone in Tower Hamlets cemetery for soldier John Buckley. - Credit: Archant

A headstone was finally placed at the grave of a soldier who won the Victoria Cross 150 years ago at a re-dedication ceremony in Tower Hamlets Cemetary Park.

VC holder Maj John Buckley, 1813-67

VC holder Maj John Buckley, 1813-67 - Credit: VC Trust

Maj John Buckley’s unmarked grave was discovered by a chance two years ago by a local historian, who realised it belonged to one of the first 12 people ever to receive the honour of a VC.

The ceremony in Mile End on Monday was attended by Jim Fitzpatrick MP, soldiers from the 9 Regiment RLC and the Victoria Cross Trust.

Maj Buckley, who lived in Poplar, won his VC in the British East India Company for destroying an ammo dump in Delhi on May 11, 1857.

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