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Victorian VC graves

Postby SteveMc1958 » 05 Aug 2010 09:03

I've started a new project recently to find and photograph the gravesites of Victorian VC winners. Sounds a bit morbid when I write it like that. But then it gets me out... :wink:

If members find this interesting I'll post the photos on here as I take them. I'm focussing on my part of the world (southwest England) in the first instance, plus a few from elsewhere I had previously visited. If other members have similar photos that they want to add to this string, I'd be interested to see them.

First three offerings are all from Cheltenham Cemetary, which is the last resting place of no less than 6 VC, three of them from the Victorian era. Captions to the photos show their regiment and rank at time of winning the VC (not at time death - many made it quite a lot further in the promotion stakes, as their headstones note!) and the location of the action in which they won the award.

I should add that all details are from Kevin Brazier's excellent "The Complete Victoria Cross", which I warmly recommend.

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Assistant Surgeon William Manley, Royal Regiment of Artillery. Te-Papa 1864
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Capt. Thomas Hamilton, 68th Regiment. Sebastopol 1855
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Sgt. John Knox, Scots Fusilier Guards. Alma and Sepastopol 1854/5
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Re: Victorian VC graves

Postby The Scorer » 06 Aug 2010 08:51

I have two photographs of the grave of Colour Sergeant John Byrne VC DCM in Newport - see the entry on the Crimean War section for more details.

I don't think that I can post them on here at the moment, but If you'd like to PM me with an e-mail address, I'll let you have them.

I've also been meaning for some while to take some photographs of the grave of Private John Williams (Fielding), who was awarded his Victoria Cross after the action at Rorke's Drift. This is in Llantarnam, between Newport and Cwmbran, and when I do, I'll let you have them.

Best wishes!

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Re: Victorian VC graves

Postby SteveMc1958 » 06 Aug 2010 17:11

Many thanks. I'll send you a PM with my e-mail address.

I have actually already "visited" John Fielding and the other Rorke's Drift grave which are local to me - I was planning to post their photos up next anyway so that one and some of his colleagues are below. As I can only upload 5 photos at a time, I'll put the one that happens to be closest to me, Henry Hook, up next time!

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Lt. John Chard, Royal Engineers. Rorke's Drift 1879
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Cpl. William Allen, 24th Foot. Rorke's Drift 1879
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Pvt. John Fielding (aka Williams), 24th Foot. Rorke's Drift 1879
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Pvt. Fred Hitch, 24th Foot. Rorke's Drift 1879
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Pvt. Robert Jones, 24th Foot. Rorke's Drift 1879
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Re: Victorian VC graves

Postby SteveMc1958 » 14 Aug 2010 15:47

Next series of photos below.
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Pvt. Henry Hook, 24th Foot. Rorke's Drift 1879
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Lt. Percival Marling, 3rd Bn. Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Tamai 1884
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Cpt. Henry Jerome, 86th Foot, Jhansi & Jumna 1858
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Mr William McDonell, civilian. Arrah 1857
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Re: Victorian VC graves

Postby SteveMc1958 » 02 Jan 2011 19:31

Haven't managed to add any more of these in a while, but with thanks to VWF member Tim Needham, who provided all the photos attached to this post, here are another batch. Hopefully I will be able to add a few more from Tim and from my own collection in the next couple of days.
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Pvt. William Jones, Rorke's Drift 22/23 January 1879
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Cpl. John Prettyjohns, Inkerman 5 November 1854
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Boatswain Henry Cooper, Taganrog 3 June 1855
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Maj. William Leet, Hlobane 28 March 1879
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Brevet Lt Col Redvers Buller, Hlobane 28 March 1879
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Grave of Private David Bell VC

Postby Nick_Britten » 08 May 2012 21:34

The grave of Private David Bell VC. He is buried in a cemetery close to where I live...

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Re: Victorian VC graves

Postby Graves1879 » 12 May 2012 20:49

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Exwick Cemetery, Exeter, Devon.
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Re: Victorian VC graves

Postby Mark » 13 May 2012 17:36

Great pics and great thread, guys! :)

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Re: Victorian VC graves

Postby wertypop » 01 Aug 2012 00:52

This is a topic close to my heart as I've managed to locate a lost VC winner
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Re: Victorian VC graves

Postby Philip Wilson » 01 Aug 2012 08:50

A very commendable project with excellent photos.

The late David Harvey wrote Monuments to Courage - Victoria Cross Headstones and Memorials in 1999, which set out to redress errors in earlier publications. Over a period of thirty six years with the help from others David provided accurate locations of all but a dozen of the then 1,322 deceased recipients final resting places, including the then lost 300 who lie in unmarked paupers ' graves. Since 1999 others have ensured that some of those in unmarked graves now have a fitting headstone.

It is worth comparing these colour images with the black and white images in David's two volume book; likewise those of you in this Forum who are members of the VC Society will be aware of their excellent half yearly Journal which includes images of previously unmarked graves.
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John Thornton Down VC

Postby Rural53 » 27 Dec 2012 10:13

John Thornton Down VC
(2 March 1842 – 27 April 1866)

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It has a bronze plaque that appears to have been added later that says “New Zealand’s 1st VC”

The grave is located in the Old Otahuhu Cemetery (Old Holy Trinity Cemetery), Auckland, New Zealand.

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Note this cemetery is not straight forward to locate. There are several “Old” cemeteries and several “Holy Trinity” sites in Otahuhu. The location is on the corner of Church and Luke Streets, on the east side of Church Street, opposite the modern cemetery. http://goo.gl/maps/lezIo
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Re: Victorian VC graves

Postby colsjt65 » 28 Dec 2012 01:17

Thanks for the Down photos, J.
Reminded me to add this link to another 'New Zealander' - Edward McKenna VC
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?GRid=7996438&page=gr
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Re: Victorian VC graves

Postby kevinm2308 » 17 Oct 2013 20:54

I recently visited Kensal Green Cemetery close to Wormwood Scrubs in London. There are several VC winner buried there. http://www.victoriacross.org.uk/kensalgr.htm
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Re: Victorian VC graves

Postby Rural53 » 23 Feb 2014 09:31

Samuel Mitchell VC
8 September 1841 – 16 March 1894
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"For his gallant conduct at the attack at Te Papa, Tauranga, on the 29th of April last, in entering the Pah with Commander Hay, and when that Officer was mortally wounded, bringing him out, although ordered by Commander Hay to leave him, and seek his own safety. This man was at the time 'Captain of the Fore-top' of the "Harrier," doing duty as Captain's Coxswain; and Commodore Sir William Wiseman brings his name to special notice for this act of gallantry"

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Located in the cemetery at Ross on the West Coast of New Zealand, south of Hokitika. Note it is in the cemetery to the north of the town not the older cemetery on the south east side of town.

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The view from the cemetery north towards Hokitika.

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His VC is in the Hokitika Museum. Note due to the fragile nature of the ribbon and security reasons a replica of the medal is displayed.
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Re: Victorian VC graves

Postby MAMC » 23 Feb 2014 18:27

Did not David Harvey cover most of this in "Monuments To Courage".......
"LORD FORGIVE THREE SINS............
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