Portsmouth’s Royal Marines Museum displays medal awarded to young bugler

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A HISTORIC medal awarded to a 16-year-old Royal Marine Bugler for bravery has gone on display in Portsmouth.

Eastney’s Royal Marines Museum now shows off the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal which George William Burnett received in 1873.

The trooper was one of the first and youngest buglers to win the award, which he received for extreme bravery in what is now Ghana.

Museum director Chris Newbery said: ‘With our hugely popular outdoor band concert on Sunday, the acquisition of Burnett’s medal is very timely. His story is a reminder of the great traditions of the Royal Marines Band Service and the courage that they have displayed in action.’

Burnett was recognised after his company came under fire and he protected his fellow Royal Marines by leaving cover to distract the enemy.

The medal is on display in The Royal Marines Museum’s medal room.