Vandals destroy grave of war hero

Anthony Clarke Booth is buried at St Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in Brierley Hill. Credit: BPM

Vandals have destroyed the grave of a Victoria Cross-winning war hero after knocking down his headstone at St Michael’s Church in Brierley Hill.

Anthony Clarke Booth was given the Commonwealth's highest military honour in recognition of his bravery, after fending off 400 Zulu warriors with just a handful of men in South Africa, during the Anglo-Zulu War in 1879.

The Victoria Cross Trust, the charity responsible for maintaining Anthony Booth's grave, have launched a fundraising campaign to repair the headstone.

Mike Wood, Conservative MP for Dudley South, said: