The Telegraph’s giving VCs to 13 year olds now

2. Havildar Lachhiman Gurung VC: 1997 – 2010


6 thoughts on “The Telegraph’s giving VCs to 13 year olds now”

  1. So Much for Subtlety

    They are idiots of course but it is not totally out of bounds. The youngest recipients were 15 years and 3 months old.

    At least Andrew Fitzgibbon probably was. Not quite sure when he was born but he was awarded a VC during the Second Opium War – where he served as a stretcher bearer essentially. Thomas Flinn was definitely 15 when he won his during the Indian Mutiny. Wasn’t killed like Fitzgibbon either. Died in a workhouse many years later.

    John Travers Cornwell was all of 16 when he won one for bravery during the Battle of Jutland. He did not survive.

  2. So Much for Subtlety

    dearieme – “We’ve just elected an MP who’s twenty.”

    We could do with a Pitt the Even Younger, but as long as he is not a Benn we should be fine.

    How did the Benn family do any way? Anyone know?

  3. So Much for Subtlety

    dearieme – “Dunno. But at least Jack Straw’s son lost.”

    Emily Benn lost in Croydon South. She beat UKIP into third place.


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