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Hunt launched for Seaford soldier's missing Victoria Cross
A hunt has been launched for a missing Victoria Cross awarded to a soldier from Seaford.
The Fusilier Museum is planning an exhibition to mark the centenary of the ill-fated Gallipoli landings in April 2015.
The medal is one of the famous Six before Breakfast won by The Lancashire Fusiliers, which the museum in Bury hopes to display together for the first time.
It was awarded to Major Cuthbert Bromley, who was from Seaford, for his actions in the dawn raid on April 25 1915, during the landings at W Beach, Gallipoli, Turkey, during which he was wounded.
The museum currently has two of the medals in its collection and three will be loaned to the museum from Lord Ashcroft’s collection of Victoria Crosses, the largest collection of its kind in the world.
Sarah Stevenson, collections officer at the museum in Bury, said: “Major Bromley’s family was from Seaford in East Sussex, son of Sir John Bromley CB and Lady Bromley of Sutton Corner, Seaford.
“He is remembered in the local church, St Leonard’s, on a war memorial and a road in the town is actually named after him.”
The medal was auctioned in the late 1980s but there has been no record of it since.
Colonel Brian Gorski, MBE and chairman of The Fusilier Museum, said: “We are thrilled to be able to develop this exciting exhibition and are extremely grateful to Lord Ashcroft for his generous loan of the three Victoria Crosses.
“The last piece of the puzzle is to find Bromley’s Victoria Cross so we can reunite them again and tell their story to this generation.”
Lord Ashcroft said: “The Victoria Crosses known collectively as the Six before Breakfast comprise one of the most celebrated batches of gallantry medals from any action of the entire Great War.
“By a combination of luck and remarkable coincidence over the past 25 years, I have been able to acquire three of the famous six and I regard them all as being amongst the finest I own.
“I am therefore extremely proud to be able to loan them for this Centenary Exhibition when, hopefully, all six of these iconic Victoria Crosses will be assembled together for the very first time.”
The new exhibition is due to open on the April 25 and will be part of a weekend of events to commemorate Gallipoli.
Anyone with any information on the missing medal should contact Sarah Stevenson on 0161 763 8962 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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