Saved for the nation: Rare naval medal of Foundling boy who served under Nelson aboard HMS Victory

A rare medal belonging to William South, a former pupil of the London Foundling Hospital, who served on HMS Victory under Admiral Nelson, has been acquired by the Founding Museum. A very significant addition to the collection, it is the only medal of its kind the Museum has, that relates to a foundling boys' military service in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Foundling boys served in the army and navy from 1760s onwards however, prior to this acquisition, the Museum’s collection of medals related to the First and Second World Wars. The acquisition was made possible with a £3,840 grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, an anonymous donation and a contribution from the Museum’s Collection Purchase Fund. William South was born in 1787 at Downham on the Isle of Ely, Cambridgeshire. Having been abandoned at the Parish

‘Dallas’ TV star Ken Kercheval dies

Actor Ken Kercheval, who played the role of Texas oilman Cliff Barnes opposite Larry Hagman's devious J.R. Ewing on the hit TV series "Dallas," has died at age 83. A spokeswoman at Frist Funeral Home in Kercheval's hometown of Clinton, Indiana, confirmed the death to AFP and said his burial will be private. She did not provide further details. Local news reports said Kercheval died on Sunday at his home after a long illness. The actor played the role of a beleaguered oil tycoon on "Dallas," constantly having to defend himself from the scheming J.R. Ewing. He said in an interview in 2012 that he liked his character who constantly tried -- without success -- to outwit J.R. "J.R. was coming after my ass all the time, so I always had to defend myself," he said. "If I did something that wasn't quite right, it's because I had to." Both