|THE GRAVE AND HEADSTONE OVER THE BURIAL PLOT OF PRIVATE PATRICK MCHALE VC, 5TH REGIMENT, HAS BEEN COMPLETELY REFURBISHED.|
|24 August 2019|
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|The headstone over the grave of Private Patrick McHale VC, 5th Regiment, in Shorncliffe Military Cemetery, Kent, has recently been refurbished.
As can be seen below, the before and after images, the marker stone had deteriorated badly over the years to a point where the stone was unstable and the text unreadable. The restoration work has been carried out by local Kent residents Steve Davies and Al Winstanley returning the headstone to its original state. The Shorncliffe Military Cemetery covers a huge area and is currently in a very unkempt state
The Patrick McHale Victoria Cross medal group is held, and is on display, in the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers Regimental Museum in Alnwick Castle, Northumberland.
|For the award of the Victoria Cross
[ London Gazette, 19 June 1860 ], Siege of Lucknow, Indian Mutiny, 2 October 1857, Private Patrick McHale, 5th Regiment ( Northumberland Fusiliers ).
For conspicuous bravery at Lucknow on the 2nd October 1857, when he was the first man at the capture of one of the guns at the Cawnpore Battery – and again, on the 22nd December 1857, when, by a bold rush, he was the first to take possession of one of the enemy’s guns, which had sent several rounds of grape through his company, which was skirmishing up to it.
Patrick McHale was invested with his Victoria Cross by Lady Hersey, at Fort William, India on the 24th December 1860.
before and after
Iain Stewart, 24 August 2019