Victoria Cross hero’s story features in new DLI display

VALOUR HONOURED ... Cheryl Knight and Tom Betts, from the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery, and one of the VC paving stones. Inset, Pte Thomas Young.
VALOUR HONOURED ... Cheryl Knight and Tom Betts, from the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery, and one of the VC paving stones. Inset, Pte Thomas Young.
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THE story of a South Tyneside war hero will be among those told in a new exhibition to mark the part he played in World War I.

The story of Private Thomas Young, from Boldon, is set out as part of the For Valour display at the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery.

LOCAL HERO: Private Thomas Young, a DLI soldier from Boldon who was awarded the Victoria Cross.

LOCAL HERO: Private Thomas Young, a DLI soldier from Boldon who was awarded the Victoria Cross.

He is one of 10 men featured as the venue recognises those who served with the Durham Light Infantry or were born in County Durham who received the Victoria Cross.

Each performed extraordinary acts of courage, risking, and in many cases losing, their own lives in the process.

Cheryl Knight, Durham County Council’s museums, heritage and collections manager, said: “The VC is the highest military decoration.

“Awarded for valour ‘in the face of the enemy’, it was the first gallantry decoration that could be awarded to any service person, regardless of rank.

The new exhibition offers the opportunity to discover the extraordinary stories of the County Durham and DLI men who received this prestigious honour.

Cheryl Knight, heritage and collections manager

“The new exhibition offers the opportunity to discover the extraordinary stories of the County Durham and DLI men who received this prestigious honour.”

At the heart of the exhibition, which opens today, will be seven special paving stones commemorating those VC recipients born within the border of today’s County Durham.

The one for Pte Young is in the care of South Tyneside Council, which will be responsible for any installation of the piece.

Each is inscribed with the name of one of the soldiers, rank, regiment and the date of the action for which they received the VC.

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