Victoria Cross for Old Blue

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Victoria Cross for Old Blue

Post by onewestguncopse » Thu Feb 26, 2015 10:02 am

Recent Old Blue, Josh Leakey - Th A and Grecians West, has been awarded the VC. He appears on the front page of most papers today.

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Re: Victoria Cross for Old Blue

Post by Goatherd » Thu Feb 26, 2015 3:30 pm

Fantastic!
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Re: Victoria Cross for Old Blue

Post by Avon » Fri Feb 27, 2015 9:37 am

Fantastic news! Someone should update the VC wiki.

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Re: Victoria Cross for Old Blue

Post by J.R. » Fri Feb 27, 2015 1:26 pm

I didn't see the papers this week.

Is he the Lance Corporal that saved his wounded comanding officer ? It was mentioned on Newsnight last night.

Great news anyway
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Re: Victoria Cross for Old Blue

Post by onewestguncopse » Fri Feb 27, 2015 2:25 pm

Yes - the very same. I suspect he will feature prominantly in the next edition of the Old Blue.

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Re: Victoria Cross for Old Blue

Post by postwarblue » Fri Feb 27, 2015 3:55 pm

Does this make him only the second CH VC after Wilfrith Elstob (Manchester Hill, 1918) whose portrait presided over the Col B dayroom for many years?
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Re: Victoria Cross for Old Blue

Post by Avon » Fri Feb 27, 2015 4:43 pm

CH 'has' 4.

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Re: Victoria Cross for Old Blue

Post by viejoazul » Fri Feb 27, 2015 4:48 pm

In The Blue of November 1920 (Vol 48, no 1, page 3), there is an article reporting the Dedication of the Memorial on the Dining Hall’s southern wall to the 364 Old Blues who lost their lives in the First World War. The article notes that in that war, 2063 Blues served and they won 402 distinctions, including two VCs. So Josh Leakey is the third Blue to be so honoured.

P.S. I've just noticed the previous post, added 5 minutes before mine while I was still writing. So Josh is the fourth VC. I did not know.

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Re: Victoria Cross for Old Blue

Post by Mid A 15 » Tue Apr 14, 2015 7:22 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-32297677

Josh seems not only a very brave young man from reading this description of what he did to win his VC but a modest, humble one too.

A credit to himself, his family and all associated with him.
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Re: Victoria Cross for Old Blue

Post by sejintenej » Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:12 pm

There was a suggestion that his brother was awarded the same award posthumously. If so, that would be incredible
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Re: Victoria Cross for Old Blue

Post by HowardH » Wed Apr 15, 2015 6:30 am

I believe he was a second uncle twice removed.

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