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Bravery of VC hero finally honoured

posted 6 Nov 2009, 08:21 by David Rintoul   [ updated 6 Nov 2009, 16:43 ]

His story is one of incredible bravery both on the battlefield and on the streets of Edinburgh.

Charles Kennedy would earn the Victoria Cross for his heroics in the Boer War before his actions saving a mother and child from a runaway horse in Leith would claim his life.

Now, more than 100 years after his death, his memory is at last set to be honoured with a permanent memorial in the Grassmarket, yards from his birthplace.

On Sunday, residents will unveil a bench and brass plaque in his honour.

James Cormack, an ex-serviceman and member of the Grassmarket Area Group, said: "I think it's very important that people know the story of Charles Kennedy. When we read about what he did, he was a true hero – in more cases than one."