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Victoria Cross

1902

A Victoria Cross medal.

It was awarded to Private James Pitts of the Manchester Regiment by Lord Herbert Kitchener on the 8th June 1902.

This was the first Victoria Cross awarded to a soldier of the Manchester Regiment. It was awarded to Private James Pitts of the 1st Battalion for the defence of Caesar’s Camp in Ladysmith, South Africa during the Boer War on 6th January 1900.

Private Robert Scott was also awarded the VC for his part in the defence. Pitts went on to serve in the First World War. He was the first VC winner to donate his medal to the Museum of the Manchester Regiment, reiterating his wish to his family as he lay dying in hospital.

Four days after his death in 1955, his niece presented the medals to the museum. The Victoria Cross and 7 other medals awarded to Pte Pitts are now on display.