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So what are "replacement" Victoria Cross medals? Is there an "official" reproduction? -Editor

Vickery replacement medals A MEDAL presentation will be made for one of Chard’s biggest military heroes during the commemorations in the town on Saturday.

Replica medals will be unveiled for Victoria Cross recipient Cpl Vickery in a presentation ceremony by his distant relative Penny Herrick.

The medals will be on display at the Guildhall from next week.

Penny said: “I think it is a terrific honour to be asked to unveil the medals – he was such a fantastic person.”

Cpl Vickery was born in 1873 in Wambrook and when he was 24 he served in the Dorsetshire regiment taking part in the Tirah campaign on the northwest frontier of India.

He was presented with his Victoria Cross on October 20, 1897 as during an attack on Dargai Heights he rescued a wounded comrade under heavy fire.

Queen Victoria herself presented Cpl Vickery with the medal at the military hospital at Netley, Southampton.

On July 16, 1898, Cpl Vickery was invited to a civic reception in Chard and was presented with a gold medal by the mayor of Chard.

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