Bravery of Victoria Cross winners told in new DLI display

TRIBUTE: Cheryl Knight and Tom Betts from the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery and one of the VC paving stones

TRIBUTE: Cheryl Knight and Tom Betts from the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery and one of the VC paving stones

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THE stories of the men who were recognised with a top medal for bravery in World War I will be told as part of a new exhibition.

For Valour will tell visitors to the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery of the 10 men born in County Durham or served with the Durham Light Infantry who received the Victoria Cross (VC).

VC WINNER: 2nd Lieutenant John Youll of the Northumberland Fusiliers, who was from Thornley.

VC WINNER: 2nd Lieutenant John Youll of the Northumberland Fusiliers, who was from Thornley.

They performed extraordinary acts of courage, risking, and in many cases losing, their own lives in the process.

At the heart of the exhibition will be seven special paving stones commemorating them will eventually be laid in the town or village where the soldier was born or brought up.

They include the DLI’s Private Thomas Kenny, from South Wingate, and 2nd Lieutenant John Youll of the Northumberland Fusiliers, who was from Thornley.

Cheryl Knight, Durham County Council’s museums, heritage and collections manager, said: “The VC is the highest military decoration. Awarded for valour ‘in the face of the enemy’, it was the first gallantry decoration that could be awarded to any service person, regardless of rank.

VC HERO: Private Thomas Kenny, from South Wingate, who won the Victoria Cross.

VC HERO: Private Thomas Kenny, from South Wingate, who won the Victoria Cross.

“The new exhibition offers the opportunity to discover the extraordinary stories of the County Durham and DLI men who received this prestigious honour.”