Rev. James William 1879;
Augustine William Shelton 1919;
Ernest Wright 1914;
On 24 August 1914 at Elouges, Belgium, when the flank guard was attacked by a German corps, Major Alexander handled his battery against overwhelming odds with such conspicuous success that all his guns were saved notwithstanding that they had to be withdrawn by hand by himself and volunteers led by a Captain (GRENFELL, F.O.) of the 9th Lancers. This enabled the retirement of the 5th Division to be carried out without serious loss. Subsequently, Major Alexander rescued a wounded man under heavy fire.
On 2 December 1891 during the assault on Nilt Fort, India, Captain Aylmer, with the storming party, forced open the inner gate with gun-cotton which he had placed and ignited, and although severely wounded, fired 19 shots with his revolver, killing several of the enemy, and remained fighting until, fainting from loss of blood, he was carried out of action.
On 7/8 January 1901 at Monument Hill, South Africa, during a night attack, Private Barry, although wounded and threatened by the enemy, smashed the breach of the Maxim gun thus rendering it useless to its captors. It was while doing this gallant act that he met his death.
On 7 May 1867 at the island of Little Andaman, eastern India, in the Bay of Bengal, Private Bell was one of a party of five (the others being COOPER, J., DOUGLAS, C.M., GRIFFITHS, W. and MURPHY, T.) of the 2/24th Regiment, who risked their lives in manning a boat and proceeding through dangerous surf to rescue some of their comrades
who had been sent to the island to
find out the fate of the commander and seven of the crew, who had landed
from the ship
Lord William Leslie de la Poer 1879;
James 1868; Magdala,
On 13 April 1868 in Abyssinia (now Ethiopia), during the assault on Magdala, when the head of the column of attack was checked by the obstacles at the gate, a small stream of officers and men of the 33rd Regiment and an officer the Royal Engineers broke away from the main approach to Magdala, and, reaching the defences, climbed a cliff, forced their way over a wall and through a strong and thorny fence, thus turning the defenders of the gateway. The first two men to enter Magdala were Private Bergin and a Drummer (MAGNER, M.).
The Hon. Edward Barry Stewart 1916;
On 31 May 1916, at the Battle of Jutland, off Denmark, Commander Bingham, of HMS Nestor, led his division in their attack, first on enemy destroyers and then on their battle cruisers. He finally sighted the enemy battle fleet and followed by the one remaining destroyer of his division (HMS Nicator), he closed to within 3,000 yards of the enemy, in order to attain a favourable position for firing the torpedoes. While making this attack Nestor and Nicator were under concentrated fire of the secondary batteries of the High Seas Fleet. Nestor was subsequently sunk.
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George Arthur 1915;
Edward Douglas 1900;
Francis David Millet 1857;
Hugh Talbot 1855;
On 29 May 1855 in the Sea of Azov, Crimea, Lieutenant Burgoyne of HMS Swallow, with a lieutenant (BUCKLEY, C.W.) from HMS Miranda and a gunner (ROBARTS, J.) from HMS Ardent, volunteered to land at a beach where the Russian army were in strength. They were out of covering gunshot range of the ships offshore and met considerable enemy opposition, but managed to set fire to corn stores and ammunition dumps and destroy enemy equipment before embarking again.
On 2 September 1898 at the Battle of Khartoum, Sudan, Private Byrne turned back in the middle of the charge of the 21st Lancers and went to the assistance of a lieutenant of the Royal Horse Guards who was wounded, dismounted, disarmed and being attacked by several Dervishes. Private Byrne already wounded, attacked these Dervishes, received a second severe wound and by his gallant conduct enabled the officer to escape.
John 1915; La
On 16 November 1915 near La Brique, France, a man was badly wounded and lying in the open unable to move, in full view of and about 350 yards from the enemy's trenches. A corporal of the RAMC and Private Caffrey at once started to rescue him, but at the first attempt were driven back by shrapnel fire. They tried again and succeeded in reaching and bandaging the wounded man, but just as they were lifting him up, the RAMC corporal was shot in the head. Private Caffrey bandaged the corporal and helped him back to safety, and then returned and brought in the other wounded man
CAMBRIDGE, Daniel 1855; Sebastopol, Crimea
On 8 September 1855 at Sebastopol, Crimea, Sergeant Cambridge volunteered for the spiking party at the assault on the Redan and remained with the party even after being severely wounded. Later on the same day he went out under heavy fire to bring in a wounded man.
CARLIN, Patrick 1858; Azumgurh, India
On 6 April 1858 at Azumgurh, India, Private Carlin rescued from the field of battle a wounded naik of the 4th Madras Rifles, after killing with the naik's sword a mutineer sepoy who fired on him while he was carrying his wounded comrade on his shoulders.
CATHER, Geoffrey St. George Shillington 1916; Hamel, France
On 1 July 1916 near Hamel, France, from 7pm till midnight, Lieutenant Gather searched "No Man's Land" and brought in three wounded men. Next morning, at 8am, he continued his search, brought in another wounded man and gave water to others, arranging for their rescue later. Finally, at 10.30am, he took out water to another man and was proceeding further on when he was himself killed. All this was carried out in full view of the enemy and under direct machine-gun fire and intermittent artillery fire.
COBBE, Alexander Stanhope 1902; Erego, Somaliland (now Somalia)
On 6 October 1902 at Erego, Somaliland (now Somalia), when some of the companies had retired,
Lieutenant Colonel Cobbe was left by himself with a Maxim gun. Without assistance he brought in the Maxim and used it most effectively at a critical time in the engagement. He then went out under very hot fire from the enemy and succeeded in bringing in a wounded orderly.
COFFEY, William 1855; Sebastopol, Crimea
COGHILL, Nevill Josiah Aylmer 1879; Battle of Isandhlwana, South Africa
On 22 January 1879 after the disaster of the Battle of Isandhlwana, South Africa, Lieutenant Coghill joined another officer (MELVILL, T.) who was trying to save the Queen's Colour of the Regiment. They were pursued by Zulu warriors and while crossing the swollen River Buffalo, Lieutenant Coghill went to the rescue of his brother officer, who had lost his horse and was in great danger. The two men were eventually overtaken by the enemy and following a short but gallant struggle, both were killed.
COLVIN, Hugh 1917; Ypres, Belgium
On 20 September 1917 east of Ypres, Belgium, when all the other officers of his company and all but one in the leading company had become casualties, Second Lieutenant Colvin took command of both companies and led them forward under heavy fire with great success. He went with only two men to a dug-out, when he left the men on top, entered it alone and brought out 14 prisoners. He then proceeded to clear other dug-outs, alone or with only one man, capturing machine-guns, killing some of the enemy and taking a large number of prisoners.
CONNORS, John 1855; Sebastopol, Crimea
On 8 September 1855 at Sebastopol in the Crimea, Private Conners showed conspicuous gallantry at the assault on the Redan in personal conflict with the enemy. He rescued an officer of the 30th Regiment who was surrounded by Russians, by shooting one and bayoneting another.
CONOLLY, John Augustus 1854; Sebastopol, Crimea
On 26 October 1854 at Sebastopol, the Crimea, an attack by the Russians was repulsed and the enemy fell back pursued by men of the 49th Regiment, led by Lieutentant Conolly, whose gallant behaviour was most conspicuous in this action. He ultimately fell, dangerously wounded, while in personal encounter with several Russians, in defence of his post.
COSGROVE, William 1915; Gallipoli, Turkey
On 26 April 1915, east of Cape Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey, Corporal Cosgrove led his section during the attack on the Turkish position. The corporal pulled down the posts of the enemy's high wire entanglements single-handed, notwithstanding the terrific fire from both front and flanks. This action greatly assisted in the successful clearing of the heights.
COSTELLO, Edmond William 1897; Malakand, India
On 26 July 1897 at Malakand on the Indian Frontier, Lieutenant Costello went out from the hospital enclosure and with the assistance of two sepoys, brought in a wounded lance-havildar who was lying 60 yards away, in the open, on the football ground. This ground was at the time over-run with swordsmen and swept by a heavy fire from both the enemy and our own men who were holding the sapper lines.
COUGHLAN, Cornelius 1857; Delhi, India
On 8 June 1857 at Delhi, India, Colour-Sergeant Coughlan gallantly ventured under heavy fire, with three others, into a serai occupied by the enemy in great numbers and rescued a private of their regiment who was severely wounded. On 18 July he encouraged a party to charge down a lane lined on each side with huts and raked by cross-fire. He went with the party into an enclosure filled with the enemy and accounted for all of them. He then returned under cross-fire to collect dhoolies and carry off the wounded.
CREAGH, O'Moore 1879; Kam Dakka, Afghanistan
On 12/22 April 1879 at Kam Dakka, on the Kabul River, Afghanistan, Captain Creagh, who had been ordered to take a detachment of 150 men to protect the village against a threatened incursion of the Mohmands, had to repel an attack by about 1500 of the enemy. The inhabitants of Kam Dakka joined with the Mohmands and Captain Creagh's force was compelled to retire, so he took up a position in a cemetery and held it, repulsing repeated attacks with the bayonet until a relief force arrived, when the enemy was finally routed and many of them were driven into the river.
CREAN, Thomas Joseph 1901; Tygerkloof Spruit, South Africa
On 18 December 1901, during the action at Tygerkloof Spruit, South Africa, Surgeon Captain Crean, although wounded himself, continued to attend to the wounded in the firing line, under a very heavy fire at only 150 yards range. He did not stop until hit a second time, and, as it was first thought, mortally wounded.
CRIMMIN, John 1889; Lwekaw, Burma (now Myanmar)
On 1 January 1889, in the action near Lwekaw, Eastern Karenni, Burma (now Myanmar), a lieutenant and four men charged into a large body of the enemy and two men were wounded. Surgeon Crimmin attended one of them under enemy fire and he then joined the firing line and helped in driving the enemy from small clumps of trees where they had taken shelter. Later while Surgeon Crimmin was attending a wounded man several of the enemy rushed out at him. He thrust his sword through one of them, attacked a second and a third dropped from the fire of a sepoy. The remainder fled.
CUNNINGHAM, John 1917; Bois-en-Hache, France
On 12 April 1917 at Bois-en-Hache, near Barlin, France, Corporal Cunningham was in command of a Lewis gun section which came under a very heavy enfilade fire. Although wounded, he succeeded, almost alone, in reaching the objective with his gun which he got into action in spite of much opposition. When counter-attacked by a party of 20 Germans, he exhausted his ammunition against them and then started throwing bombs. He was wounded again and fell, but picked himself up and continued to fight single-handed with the enemy until his bombs were finished. He later died from the effects of his wounds.
DANAHER, John (or DANAGHER) 1881; Elandsfontein, South Africa
On 16 January 1881 at Elandsfontein, near Pretoria, South Africa, Trooper Danaher, with a lance-corporal of the Connaaught Rangers (MURRAY, J.) advanced for 500 yards under heavy fire from a party of about 60 of the enemy, and brought out of action a private who had been severely wounded.
DEASE, Maurice James 1914; Mons, Belgium
On 23 August 1914 at Mons, Belgium, Nimy Bridge was being defended by a single company of Royal Fusiliers and a machine-gun section with Lieutenant Dease in command. The gun fire was intense, and the casualties very heavy, but the lieutenant went on firing in spite of his wounds, until he was hit for the fifth time and was carried away to a place of safety where he died. A private (GODLEY, S.F.) of the same battalion who had been assisting the lieutenant while he was still able to operate the guns, took over, and alone he used the gun to such good effect that he covered the retreat of his comrades.
DEMPSEY, Denis 1857; Lucknow, India
On 12 August 1857 at Lucknow, India, Private Dempsey carried a powder-bag through a burning village for the purpose of mining a passage in the rear of the enemy's position. During this time he was exposed to very heavy fire and to a still greater danger from the sparks which flew from the blazing houses. He was the first man to enter the village of Jugdispore on that day under most galling fire. On 14 March 1858 in the retreat from Arrah he helped to carry an ensign who was mortally wounded, for two miles.
DIAMOND, Bernard 1857; Bolandshahr, India
On 28 September 1857 at Bolandshahr, India, Sergeant Diamond and a gunner (FITZGERALD, R.) worked their gun after every other man belonging to it had been either killed or wounded. They performed the action under very heavy fire of musketry, and thereby cleared the road of the enemy.
DIVANE, John 1857; Delhi, India
On 10 September 1857 at Delhi, India, Private Divane headed a successful charge by the Beeloochee and Sikh troops on one of the enemy's trenches. He leapt out of our trenches, closely followed by the native troops and was shot down from the top of the enemy's breastworks.
DONOHOE, Patrick 1857; Bolandshahr, India
On 28 September 1857 at Bolandshahr, India, Private Donohoe went to the assistance of a lieutenant who was severely wounded, and with some other men he brought that officer to safety through a large body of the enemy's cavalry.
DOOGAN, John 1881; Laing's Nek, South Africa
On 28 January 1881 at Laing's Nek, South Africa, during the charge of the mounted men, Private Doogan saw an officer to whom he was servant dismounted and in danger among the Boers because his horse had been shot. Private Doogan rode up, although he was himself severely wounded, dismounted and pressed the officer to take his horse, receiving another wound while doing so.
DOWLING, William 1857; Lucknow, India
On 4 July 1857 at Lucknow, India, Private Dowling went out with two other men and spiked the enemy's guns and killed a subadar of the enemy by one of the guns. On 9 July he again when out, with three men, to spike one of the enemy's guns, but had to retire as the spike was too small. He was, however, exposed to the same dangers. Also on 27 September he spiked an 18-pounder gun during a sortie, under very heavy fire.
DOYLE, Martin 1918; Reincourt, France
On 2 September 1918 at Reincourt, France, when command of the company fell on Company Sergeant-Major Doyle, all the officers having become casualties, he extricated a party of his men who were surrounded by the enemy, and carried back, under heavy fire, a wounded officer. Later he went forward under intense fire to the assistance of a tank and when an enemy machine-gun opened fire on the tank, making it impossible to get the wounded away, he captured it single-handed and took three prisoners. Subsequently when the enemy counter-attacked, he drove them back, taking many more prisoners.
DUFFY, James 1917; Kereina Peak, Palestine
On 27 December 1917 at Kereina Peak, Palestine, whilst the company was holding a very exposed position, Private Duffy, a stretcher-bearer, and another stretcher-bearer went out to bring in a seriously wounded comrade. When the other stretcher-bearer was wounded, Private Duffy returned to get another man, who was killed almost immediately. The private then went forward alone and, under very heavy fire, succeeded in getting both wounded men under cover and attended to their injuries. His gallantry undoubtedly saved both men's lives.
DUFFY, Thomas 1857; Lucknow, India
On 26 September 1857 at Lucknow, India, a 24-pounder gun which had been used against the enemy on the previous day was left in an exposed position and all efforts to reach it were unsuccessful, so heavy was the fire maintained on it by the mutineers. Private Duffy, however, who went out with two others, managed to fasten a rope to the gun in such a manner that it could be pulled away and was saved from falling into the hands of the enemy.
DUNLAY, John (or DUNLEY, or DUNLEA) 1857; Lucknow, India
On 16 November 1857 at Lucknow, India, Lance-Corporal Dunlay was the first man of the Regiment to enter one of the breaches in the Secundra Bagh, with a captain whom he most gallantly supported against superior numbers.
DUNVILLE, John Spencer 1917; Epehy, France
On 24/25 June 1917 near Epehy, France, in order to ensure the absolute success of the demolition of the enemy's wire, Second Lieutenant Dunville placed himself between an NCO of the Royal Engineers and the enemy's fire and, thus protected, the NCO was enabled to complete a work of great importance. Second Lieutenant Dunville, although severely wounded, continued to direct his men in the wire cutting and general operations until the raid was successfully completed. He subsequently died of his wounds.
DYNON, Denis 1857; Chota Behar, India
On 2 October 1857 at Chota Behar, India, Sergeant Dynon, with a lieutenant (DAUNT, J.C.C.), acted with conspicuous gallantry in the capture of two guns, particularly the second which they rushed and took, pistolling the gunners who were mowing down the detachment, one third of which was hors de combat at the time.
EDWARDS, Frederick Jeremiah 1916; Thiepval, France
On 26 September 1916 at Thiepval, France, part of the line was held up by machine-gun fire and all the officers had become casualties. There was confusion and indication of retirement. Private Edwards, grasping the situation and on his own initiative, dashed out towards the gun, which he knocked out with his bombs. This very gallant act, coupled with great presence of mind and disregard of personal danger, made further advance possible and cleared up a dangerous situation.
EMERSON, James Samuel 1917; La Vacquerie, France
On 6 December 1917, on the Hindenberg Line north of La Vacquerie, France, Second Lieutenant Emerson led his company in an attack and cleared 400 yards of trench. Though wounded, when the enemy attacked in superior numbers he met their attack with eight men, killing many and taking six prisoners. For three hours afterwards, all other officers having become casualties, he remained with his company, refusing to go to the dressing station, and repeatedly repelling bombing attacks. Later, leading his men to repel another attack, he was mortally wounded. His heroism inspired his men to hold out until reinforcements arrived.
ERVINE-ANDREWS, Harold Marcus 1940; Dunkirk, France
During the night of 31 May/1 June 1940 near Dunkirk, France, the company commanded by Captain Ervine-Andrews was heavily outnumbered and under intense German fire. When the enemy attacked at dawn and crossed the Canal de Bergues, Captain Ervine-Andrews, with volunteers from his company, rushed to a barn and from the roof shot 11 of the enemy with a rifle and many more with a Bren gun. When the barn was shattered and alight, he sent the wounded to the rear and led the remaining eight men back, wading for over a mile in water up to their chins.
ESMONDE, Eugene 1942; Straits of Dover, England
On 12 February 1942 in the Straits of Dover, off England, Lieutenant Commander Esmonde led his squadron of six Swordfish to the attack of two German battle cruisers and the cruiser Prinz Eugen, which were entering the Straits strongly escorted by surface craft. Detached from their escorting fighters (just 10 in number) by enemy fighters, all the aircraft of the squadron were damaged, but even after Lieutenant-Commander Esmonde's plane sustained a direct hit he still continued the run-in towards his target until it burst into flames and crashed into the sea. The squadron went on to launch a gallant attack, but none of the six aircraft returned.
ESMONDE, Thomas 1855; Sebastopol, Crimea
On 18 June 1855 at Sebastopol, Crimea, after being engaged in the attack on the Redan, Captain Esmonde repeatedly assisted, at great personal risk, in rescuing wounded men from exposed situations. Also, on 20 June while in command of a covering party he rushed to a spot where a fireball from the enemy had just lodged, and extinguished it before it could betray the position of his men, thus saving the party from a murderous fire of shell and grape which was immediately opened where the fireball had fallen.
FARRELL, John 1854; Balaclava, Crimea
On 25 October 1854 at Balaclava, Crimea (Charge of the Light Brigade), Sergeant Farrell, whose horse had been killed under him, stopped on the field and amidst a storm of shot and shell helped a troop sergeant major (BERRYMAN, J.) and another sergeant (MALONE, J.) to move a severely wounded officer (who subsequently died) out of range of the guns. Killed In action, Secunderabad, India - 31 Aug 1865
FEGEN, Edward Stephen Fogarty 1940; Atlantic
On 5 November 1940 in the Atlantic, Captain Fegen, commanding HMS Jervis Bay, was escorting 37 merchantmen, when they were attacked by the German pocket battleship Admiral Scheer. Captain Fegen immediately engaged the enemy head-on, thus giving the ships of the convoy time to scatter. Out-gunned and on fire Jervis Bay maintained the unequal fight for three hours, although the captain's right arm was shattered and his bridge was shot from under him. He went down with his ship but it was due to him that 31 ships of the convoy escaped.
FitzCLARENCE, Charles 1899; Mafeking, South Africa
On 14 October 1899 near Mafeking, South Africa, Captain FitzClarence went with a partially-trained squadron to the assistance of an armoured train. The enemy was in greatly superior numbers and the squadron was, for a time, surrounded and in great danger. The captain, however, so inspired his men that not only was the train relieved, but a heavy defeat was inflicted on the Boers. On 27 October he led his squadron in a successful night attack and on 26 December he again distinguished himself, and was severely wounded. Killed in action, Polygon Wood, Zonnebeke, Belgium - 12 Nov 1914
FitzGERALD, Richard 1857; Bolandshahr, India
On 28 September 1857 at Bolandshahr, India, Gunner Fitzgerald and a sergeant (DIAMOND, B.) worked their gun after every other man belonging to it had been either killed or wounded. They were under very heavy fire, but cleared the road of the enemy.
FITZGIBBON, Andrew 1860; Taku Forts, China
On 21 August 1860 at the capture of the Northern of the Taku Forts, China, Hospital Apprentice Fitzgibbon accompanied a wing of the 67th Regiment when it took up a position within 500 yards of the fort. He then proceeded, under heavy fire, to attend a dhoolie-bearer, whose wound he had been directed to bind up, and while the regiment was advancing under the enemy's fire, he ran across the open ground to attend to another wounded man. In doing so he was himself severely wounded. Acknowledged to be one of the two youngest winners of the VC (aged 15 years, 3 months), the other being FLINN, T.
FITZPATRICK, Francis 1879; Sekukuni's Town, South Africa
On 28 November 1879 during an attack on Sekukuni's Town, South Africa, Private Fitzpatrick and another private (FLAWN, T.) with six men of the Native Contingent, were with a lieutenant of the 1st Dragoon Guards when he was badly wounded. The natives carried the wounded officer at first, but when the party was pursued by about 30 of the enemy they deserted and the lieutenant would have been killed but for the gallantry of the two privates - one carrying him and the other covering the retreat and firing on the enemy.
FLINN, Thomas 1857; Cawnpore, India
On 28 November 1857 at Cawnpore, India, during a charge on the enemy's guns, Drummer Flinn, although wounded himself, engaged in a hand-to-hand encounter with two of the rebel artillerymen. Acknowledged to be one of the two youngest winners of the VC (aged 15 years, 3 months), the other being FITZGIBBON, A..
FORREST, George 1857; Delhi, India
On 11 May 1857 at Delhi, India, Lieutenant Forrest was one of nine men who defended the Magazine for more than five hours against large numbers of rebels and mutineers, until, on the wall being scaled and there being no hope of help, they fired the Magazine. Five of the gallant band died in the explosion and one shortly afterwards, but many of the enemy were killed. See also BUCKLEY, J. and RAYNOR, W. Killed in action, Dehra Dun, India - 3 Nov 1859
FOWLER, Edmund John 1879; Zlobane Mountain, South Africa
On 28 March 1879 at the Zlobane Mountain, South Africa, Private Fowler, with a captain and a lieutenant (LYSONS, H.) dashed forward in advance of the party which had been ordered to dislodge the enemy from a commanding position in natural caves up the mountain. The path was so narrow that they had to advance in single file and the captain who arrived first at the mouth of the cave was instantly killed. The lieutenant and Private Fowler undismayed by the death of their leader, immediately sprang forward and cleared the enemy out of their stronghold.
June 1857 at Delhi,
Colour-Sergeant Garvin volunteered to lead a small party of men under heavy
fire to the 'Sammy House' in order to dislodge a number of the enemy
who were keeping up a destructive fire on the advanced battery of heavy
guns. This action was successful. Colour-Sergeant Garvin was also commended
for gallant conduct throughout the operations before
June 1857 at Benares,
Sergeant-Major Gill volunteered, with another sergeant-major (ROSAMUND,
M.) and a private (KIRK,
John) to rescue a paymaster and his family from their bungalow and
take them to the safety of the barracks. During the same evening he saved
the life of a quartermaster-sergeant by cutting off the head of the sepoy
who had just bayoneted him He is also said to have twice saved the life
of a major who was
being attacked by sepoys. Killed in action, Moror,
Charles John Stanley1857;
April 1903 after the action at Daratoleh,
(now Somalia), Major Gough who was in charge of the column, came
back to help two captains (WALKER,
W.G. and ROLLAND,
G.M.) who were with a mortally wounded officer. They managed to get
him on a camel, but he was wounded again and died immediately. Killed in
May 1867 at the island of Little
Andaman, eastern India,
in the Bay of Bengal Private Griffiths was one of a party of five (BELL,
C.M. and MURPHY,
T.) of the 2/24th Regiment, who risked their lives in manning a boat
and proceeding through dangerous surf to rescue some of their comrades
who had been sent to the island to find out the fate of the commander and
seven of the crew, who had landed from the ship Assam Valley and were feared
murdered by the cannibalistic islanders. Killed in action, Isandhlwana,
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