Searching for missing Seaford medal

Major Bromley
Major Bromley

A missing Victoria Cross awarded to a Seaford major in the First World War is being sought to be part of a centenary exhibition hoped to include all six of the medals in one place for the first time.

The Fusilier Museum in Bury is searching for the Victoria Cross which belonged to Major Cuthbert Bromley, a temporary major in the 1st Battalion, The Lancashire Fusiliers during the First World War.

He was awarded the VC for his actions on 25 April 1915, during the landings at W Beach, Gallipoli, Turkey, and during which he was wounded.

Major Bromley was the son of Sir John Bromley CB and Lady Bromley, of Sutton Corner, Seaford.

He is remembered on the war memorial and in St Leonard’s Church and Bromley Road was named after him

The medal is to be included in a new and exciting exhibition to commemorate the centenary of the ill-fated Gallipoli landings in which the Lancashire Fusiliers famously won “Six VC’s before breakfast”.

The ground breaking exhibition is due to open in April 2015 will hopefully include all six Victoria Crosses.

If the museum is successful in its search it will be the first time in 100 years that the VCs have been on display in one place.

The museum currently has two in its collection and three will be loaned from Lord Ashcroft’s collection of VCs, which is the largest collection of its kind in the world.

The three in Lord Ashcroft’s collection are currently on display as part of the Extraordinary Heroes exhibition in the Lord Ashcroft gallery in London’s Imperial War Museum.

Sarah Stevenson, collections officer at the Fusilier Museum said: “Major Bromley’s family was from Seaford in East Sussex, son of Sir John Bromley CB and Lady Bromley of Sutton Corner, Seaford.

“He is remembered in the church, on a war memorial and a road in the town is actually named after him.

“The last record we have of the medal was when it was put up for auction in the late 80s but nothing has been recorded since then.

“Someone must still be in procession of the missing medal so our mission is to find it so it can take its place alongside the other VC’s in the exhibition.”

Anyone with any information should contact Sarah at the Fusilier Museum on 0161 763 8962 or