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Pontefract Years in Focus 1959

YEARS IN FOCUS
LOCAL NEWS AND EVENTS OF THE 1950s

PONTEFRACT IN 1959

11 December 1959
V.C. BOUGHT

The York and Lancaster Regiment has bought the Victoria Cross awarded to Lance-Corporal Sinnott, of the 84th [York and Lancaster] Regiment which was won by him at Lucknow during the Indian Mutiny on 6th October 1858.

The citation for the award said he went out with three others to rescue Lieutenant Ghibaut, who. in carrying out water to extinguish a fire in the breastwork, had been mortally wounded. Lance-Corporal Sinnett who was twice wounded - was unanimously elected by his comrades for the V.C. as the most worthy. He had previously repeatedly accompanied Lieutenant Ghibaut when he carried out water to extinguish the fire. 

The Regiment now holds seven of the 13 V.C's awarded to its members and knows the whereabouts of four, but has no trace of those gained by Private P. Mylott, of the 84th York and Lancaster Regiment, awarded during the Indian Mutiny; and Private Sam Harvey, of the 1st Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment, awarded during the First World War.

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