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"Private Frederick Hitch, twenty-four, also won a Victoria Cross and survived his years of service to enjoy the wearing of it as a commissionaire. The bad luck of his regiment seemed to pursue Hitch and his medal, even to the grave. One day while Hitch was in his commissionaire's uniform and wearing his medals a thief snatched the Victoria cross from his chest. It was never seen again. King Edward VII eventually gave him another to replace it, but when Hitch died in 1913 this one, too, had disappeared. Fifteen years later it turned up in an auction room; his family bought it and it is now in the museum of his old regiment. Mounted on his tomb in Chiswick cemetery was a bronze replica of the Victoria Cross. In 1968 thieves stole that."

Have any of the members, paid a visit to Hitch's grave.
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PostSubject: Re: Hitch had no luck with VC's   Hitch had no luck with VC's EmptyThu Oct 08, 2009 9:02 pm

I also read that the original helmet was stolen.
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i have found that the medal is still awarded but cant find a picture of it , or list of recipients , perhaps someone has more info ?
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PostSubject: Re: Hitch had no luck with VC's   Hitch had no luck with VC's EmptyFri Oct 09, 2009 1:10 pm

I have also been looking. It might be worth e-mailing the Hackney London Taxi company,
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PostSubject: Re: Hitch had no luck with VC's   Hitch had no luck with VC's EmptyFri Oct 09, 2009 7:35 pm

Good idea 24th.

However, today while at Charing Cross Station, I asked four cab drivers if they had heard of the Fred Hitch gallantry award for Cab drivers.

They had never heard of Fred Hitch let alone, the Fred Hitch gallantry award for Cab drivers. You see the British are forgetting their History.
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PostSubject: Re: Hitch had no luck with VC's   Hitch had no luck with VC's EmptyWed Oct 21, 2009 6:46 am

i sent an e-mail to the London Taxi drivers Association a couple of days ago asking for info ------ no reply for the moment .
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Any reply Gary.
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nothing for the moment - doesnt look too hopeful .
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