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Dundee VC winners given recognition

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Although this section is about ghosts and ghouls the true story below illustrates the contempt often paid to the dead.

On Saturday 17 May 2003 at the Eastern Necropolis, The only Victoria Cross winners associated with the City, were finaly given the recognition they fully deserve.

Two suitably inscribed benches were dedicated to the memory of Thomas Beach VC and Peter Grant VC, (The Victoria Cross is the UK's highest award for bravery).

Both men still lie in unmarked paupers graves in Poor Ground of Dundee's Eastern Necropolis, the exact position being unknown due to fact that the area consists of many mass graves.

Thomas Beach won his medal during the Crimean campaign, For conspicuous gallantry at the Battle of Inkermann, 5th November 1854.

Peter Grant was decorated for great personal gallantry on 16th November 1857. Grant went missing during a meeting with friends in a Dundee public house and his body was fished from the river two days later on 13 January 1868.

Dundee Council should feel ashamed that winners of the countries highest award for bravery were buried in paupers graves.

"When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Their Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today"

This verse is thought to have been inspired by the Greek lyric poet Simonides of Ceos (556-468 BC) who wrote after the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC:

"Go tell the Spartans, thou that passest by, That faithful to their precepts here we lie."

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