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British record price paid for VC today as Lord Ashcroft snaps up Lt John Grant's Tibet medal.<br />
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A July 1904 photo of Gyantse Jong showing the breach made by shelling.<br />
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A Victoria Cross won by a British army officer who scaled a 60ft rock face to take an enemy fort despite being shot has sold for £408,000.<br />
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Lieutenant John Grant led a company of Gurkha soldiers in the near-suicidal raid in Tibet that saw many of them picked off by enemy fire or thrown off the precipice by falling rock.<br />
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Despite being shot in the leg and plunging down the incredibly steep cliff, Lt Grant scaled it a second time and made it to the top.<br />
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He gained a valuable foothold that enabled reinforcements to reach the summit and take the walls of the fort and then the fort itself.