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6 October 2013

This neglected woodland tomb is the final resting place of Lieutenant-General Sir Wilbraham Oates ­Lennox, who fought with valour in the Crimean War. He is descended from the aristocratic dynasty of the Duke of Richmond, whose family has an estimated £100million fortune.

The Victoria Cross Trust, which refurbishes neglected graves, says £25,000 is needed to repair the plot as a tribute to the courage of the first Royal Engineer to win the VC. The current Duke was approached six months ago by the trust. He is still considering whether to make a donation.

The grave lies in Brighton, 30 miles from Goodwood House in West Sussex, for centuries the ancestral home of the Dukes of Richmond. Goodwood curator James Peill said the trust’s request had been passed to Lord March, the current Duke’s son and heir, who runs the estate. He added: “The Victoria Cross Trust did make contact with us six months ago to tell us of the family connection with Wilbraham Lennox. It is a fascinating development. “He was not on our radar at all, we just didn’t know anything of his history. As a first cousin he is not what we would term a direct descendant from the Duke’s line but there is obviously the family connection. Now we are aware of this it has been passed to Lord March to consider”.

Sir Wilbraham was the first cousin of Charles Gordon-Lennox, 6th Duke of Richmond, and was born in a house on the estate where the present incumbent, the 10th Duke of Richmond, 84, lives today.

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