|A FURTHER HEADSTONE HAS BEEN PLACED OVER THE GRAVE OF PRIVATE JOHN DIVANE VC IN PENZANCE CEMETERY|
|22 February 2013|
|John Divane died in Penzance, Cornwall, on the 1st December 1888, and was buried in an unmarked grave in Penzance Cemetery. In 1995 a CWGC type headstone was erected over Divane's grave but this proved not to be robust enough for the weather experienced in south west Cornwall. As a result another headstone, made of polished granite, has been placed over John Divane's grave which should be able to survive the extreme elements of the worst weather in the county.|
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|For the award of the Victoria Cross
[ London Gazette, 20 January 1860 ], Delhi, Indian Mutiny, 10 September 1857, Private John Divane, 60th Rifles. (*)
For distinguished gallantry in heading a successful charge made by the Beeloochee and Seikh Troops on the 10th September 1857. He leaped out of our trenches, closely followed by the Native troops, and was shot down from the top of the Enemy’s breastworks
(*) Elected by the Privates of the Regiment under Rule 13 of the Royal Warrant dated 29 January 1856.
John Divane was invested with his Victoria Cross by Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle on the 9th November 1860. ( The whereabouts of John Divane's Victoria Cross and Indian Mutiny Medal, with the clasp "Delhi", is not known. It has never been sold, donated or loaned ).
Iain Stewart, 22 February 2013