The headstone for this VC holder (North Merchiston Cemetery, Edinburgh) was erected by the Royal Highland Fusiliers in 2001. I contacted them recently to let them know that, unfortunately, the birth month is incorrect - it should be January and not June. After about four weeks I finally received a reply from Colonel R L Steele (Retd), the Regimental Secretary. Apparently no action will be taken "DUE TO MOD CUTBACKS". Surely a VC holder, who lost his life seven years after gaining the award, this time saving lives in Edinburgh (as a civilian), deserves to be remembered correctly.
A memorial plaque on a bench in the Grassmarket, Edinburgh, also has the incorrect birth month, and states that Charles was born in the Grassmarket area - Edinburgh Old Town. He was actually born in Jamaica Street, Edinburgh New Town. Any ideas on how to contact the Grassmarket Area Group as, up to now, I have drawn a blank.
After all, Charles Thomas Kennedy VC was a true hero in war and in peace.
Thanks for any help anyone can give.