Bid to learn more about heroes awarded the Victoria Cross

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A MUSEUM is appealing for information about County Durham’s First World War heroes.

The DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery is putting together an exhibition about the 10 men who were born in the county or served with the Durham Light Infantry and received the Victoria Cross for their actions during the conflict.

Staff want to hear from people who knew the men or own memorabilia relating to them.

Gillian Kirkbride, DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery manager and curator, said: “We have already made contact with the families of some of the men but we are keen to hear from as many more as possible.

“Whether you’re related to a VC recipient or have other links, we would really like to share your stories and learn more about any artefacts or memorabilia you may have that relates to any of the men.

“This is the first time we have attempted to tell the stories of all 10 men together, so we want to do everything we can to give as full and accurate a picture as possible.”

The 10 Victoria Cross recipients and the dates of the action for which they received the VC are: Pte Thomas Kenny, DLI, November 4, 1915; Lt Col Roland Bradford, DLI, October 1, 1916; Pte Michael Heaviside, DLI, May 6, 1917; Lt Cdr George Bradford, Royal Navy, April 22-23, 1918; Lt George McKean, Canadian Infantry, April 27-28, 1918; 2nd Lt John Youll, Northumberland Fusiliers, June 15, 1918; Sgt William McNally, Yorkshire Regiment, October 27-29, 1918; 2nd Lt Frederick Youens, DLI, July 7, 1917; 2nd Lt (Acting Capt) Arthur Moore Lascelles, DLI, December 3, 1917 and Pte Thomas Young, DLI, March 25-31, 1918.

Anyone with information can call the museum on 03000 266 590 or email dli@durham.gov.uk