Family personal intrest website. Private Samuel Parkes won his VC in The Legendary Charge of The Light Brigade in 1854. He was the first Private Soldier in The British Army to receive this award which was presented to him in person by Queen Victoria on 26th June 1857. He died in 1864 and was buried in an unmarked grave in London and remained in that grave, lost to his home town and village, and also to the country until 1999 when his grave was discovered by his great-great-great Nephew Peter Elkin. Peter arranged to have a memorial stone laid on his grave. Samuel Parkes VC was found, but until then he truly was "Tamworth’s Forgotten Hero"