|THE VICTORIA CROSSES AWARDED TO EDWARD BROWN-SYNGE-HUTCHINSON AND JAMES LEITH HAVE BEEN RELOCATED TO THE MUSEUM OF THE KING'S ROYAL HUSSARS IN WINCHESTER.|
|24 June 2020|
|The Museum of Lancashire based in Preston closed its doors to the public in 2018. The museum's contents and artefacts, including the regimental memorabilia of the Museum of the King's Royal Hussars in Lancashire, were placed in storage until the future of the museum building could be decided by Lancashire County Council ( 2018 ).
In late 2019 the Museum of Lancashie announced that the King's Royal Hussars in Lancashire had boxed up its collection ready for transportation to Winchester, the home of the other Museum of the King's Royal Hussars. Included in the collection were two Victoria Cross groups awarded to Colonel Edward Brown-Synge-Hutchinson and Major James Leith. Both VCs are currently in secure storage in Winchester.
|Medal entitlement of Major James Leith,
14th King's Light Dragoons ( 14th ( King's ) Hussars )
|For the award of the Victoria Cross
[ London Gazette, 24 December 1858 ],Betwah, Indian Mutiny, 1 April 1858, Lieutenant James Edgar Leith, 14th King's Light Dragoons.
For conspicuous bravery at Betwah, on the 1st of April 1858, in having charged alone, and rescued Captain Need, of the same Regiment, when surrounded by a large number of rebel Infantry.
James Leith was invested with his Victoria Cross by Queen Victoria at Buckingham Palace on the 8th June 1859.
Iain Stewart, 24 June 2020