LIKE every child, Francie Clarkson treated her dad like a hero.

But she wasn't to learn just how big a hero he was until after his death.

This week the wife of Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson unveiled a commemorative coin in honour of her father Major Robert Cain, who remains the only Manxman to have ever been awarded a Victoria Cross.

Major Cain was awarded his VC for 'coolness and courage under incessant fire' during the battle of Arnhem in 1944.

Despite suffering multiple shrapnel wounds and a perforated eardrum, he continued to inspire his men and took out half a dozen enemy tanks himself.

Francie said at the launch of the commemorative crown on Monday at the war memorial in St John's: 'I'm thrilled – I'm obviously very proud of my dad.'

Full story in today's Manx Independent.

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