Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Found, the Unmarked Grave of Our VC Hero ; Volunteers Discovered the Grave under a bushNow Trying to Raise Money for a Headstone

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Found, the Unmarked Grave of Our VC Hero ; Volunteers Discovered the Grave under a bushNow Trying to Raise Money for a Headstone

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THE lost grave of a war hero honoured with the country's highest military award has been discovered - hidden under bushes in London.

John Buckley, who was born at Cocker Hill in Stalybridge, Tameside, was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1857 for 'extraordinary valour' while serving in India.

John, a former mill worker, moved to London in later life, but was buried in an unmarked grave.

His final resting place was found by chance by volunteers who were clearing the undergrowth at Tower Hamlets Cemetery.

There are now plans to restore the grave with a headstone and build a footpath for visitors.

And the discovery has led to calls for the government to do more to honour VC recipients after their deaths.

Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds has raised the issue in Parliament.

John joined the Bengal Artillery and was posted to India in June 1832 as a gunner.

In 1857 he moved to Delhi where he became an official at a storehouse for guns and ammuni-In 1857 he moved to Delhi where he became an official at a storehouse for guns and ammunition.

The country was in the grip of an uprising against British rule and the storage facility came under attack. John and eight other soldiers decided to blow up the building and sacrifice their lives to prevent the ammunition falling into The country was in the grip of an uprising against British rule and the storage facility came under attack. John and eight other soldiers decided to blow up the building and sacrifice their lives to prevent the ammunition falling into enemy hands.

Incredibly John survived the blast, but was captured and held as a prisoner of war until he managed to escape.

He was later made a lieutenant and lived out his life in London before his death in July 1876.

John's life is honoured by a blue plaque on the wall of the Travellers Call pub in Wakefield Road, Stalybridge. …

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