|THE HEADSTONE OVER THE GRAVE OF MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM LEET VC, 13TH REGIMENT, HAS BEEN COMPLETELY REFURBISHED IN ST MARY THE VIRGIN CHURCHYARD, GREAT CHART, KENT.|
|15 September 2019|
|The headstone over the burial plot of Major General William Leet VC CB, in the St Mary the Virgin Churchyard, Great Chart, Kent, has been carefully cleaned resulting in the stone being almost back to its original state. Major General Leet died in Great Chart on the 29th June 1898.
The renovation and cleaning of the marker was carried out by local gents Steve Davies and Al Winstanley who have carried out similar tasks in refurbishing Victoria Cross graves in the county of Kent.
before and after
|For the award of the Victoria Cross
[ London Gazette, 17 June 1879 ], Inhlobana, Zululand, South Africa, 28 March 1879, Major William Knox Leet, 1st Bn, 13th Regiment ( Somerset Light Infantry )
For his gallant conduct, on the 28th March 1879, in rescuing from the Zulus Lieutenant A. M. Smith, of the Frontier Light Horse, during the retreat from the Inhlobana. Lieutenant Smith whilst on foot, his horse having been shot, was closely pursued by the Zulus, and would have been killed had not Major Leet taken him upon his horse and rode with him, under the fire of the enemy, to a place of safety.
William Leet was invested with his Victoria Cross by Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle on the 9th December 1879.
Iain Stewart, 15 September 2019