|THE HEADSTONE OVER THE GRAVE OF LIEUTENANT COLONEL JOHN MANNERS SMITH IN KENSAL GREEN CEMETERY, WEST LONDON, HAS BEEN REFURBISHED.|
|4 May 2006|
|Following the Service of Dedication of the Victoria Cross and George Cross Memorial in Westminster Abbey on 14th May 2003, the sum left over from the general fundraising was set aside by the VC & GC Association to be spent on the refurbishment and maintenance of graves of Victoria Cross holders.|
Two projects immediately sprang to mind in Kensal Green Cemetery, West London, where the graves of John Manners Smith VC and Guy Boisragon VC had seriously deteriorated to a point where the top headstones on both graves were completely missing. It was decided to replicate the original stone over Manners Smith's grave and this was carried out on 4th May 2006, a re-dedication ceremony taking place at the same time. Representatives from the family were present as was Major Tim Buckley ( 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles Regimental Association ) and representatives of those who had financed the replacement stone, Lady Bilimoria and the VC & GC Association.
before and after
|For the award of the Victoria Cross.
[ London Gazette, 12 July 1892 ], Nilt Fort, Hunza Campaign, India, 20 December 1891, Lieutenant John Manners Smith, 5th Gurkha Rifles.
For his conspicuous bravery when leading the storming party at the attack and capture of the strong position occupied by the enemy near Nilt, in the Hunza-Nagar Country, on the 20th December 1891.
Medal entitlement of Lieutenant Colonel John Manners Smith - 5th Gurkha Rifles
Iain Stewart, 05 July 2006