The Victoria Cross Collection

Victoria Crosses

Listed below are those VC's held by the RAHT within the wider collection.

 
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Gunner and Driver T Arthur VC.

Awarded for action on 7th and 18th June 1855, Sebastopol, the Crimea. 7th June 1855 -On his own volition carrying barrels of rifle ammunition under fire to the 7th Fusiliers; 18th June volunteered as one of the spiking party on the assault on the Redan.

 
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Master Gunner Class1 D Cambridge VC.

Awarded for action on 7th and 18th June 1855, Sevastopol, the Crimea. 7th June 1855 - On his own volition carrying barrels of rifle ammunition under fire to the 7th Fusiliers; 18th June volunteered as one of the spiking party on the assault on the Redan.

 
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Acting Brigadier (local Major General) J C Campbell VC DSO MC.

Awarded for action on 21/22nd November 1941 Sidi Rezegh, North Africa, for organising the defence of the Sidi Rezegh Airfield.

 
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Major General G. Davis VC.

Awarded for action on 8th September 1855, Sevastopol, the Crimea, during the attack on the Redan for conveying wounded under fire in exposed positions to a place of safety.

 
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General Sir Collingwood Dickson VC GCB.

Awarded for action on 17th October 1854, Sevastopol, the Crimea. For bringing up powder barrels to a Battery under
fire and for then unloading the wagons himself and carrying the barrels under fire into position.

 
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Captain CE Gourley VC MM.

Awarded for action whilst serving as a SNCO on 30th November 1917, Little Priel Farm, Epehy, France, for holding up enemy counter attacks as the Cambrai advance was pushed back, at one point pulling a 4.5inch Howitzer single handed from a gun pit and engaging over open sights a German Machine Gun at 500yrads, knocking it out with a direct hit. The citation reads as follows: For most conspicuous bravery when in command of a section of howitzers. Though the enemy advanced in force getting within 400 yards in front, between 300 and 400 yards to one flank and with snipers in the rear, Sjt. Gourley managed to keep one gun in action practically throughout the day. Though frequently driven off he always returned, carrying ammunition, laying and firing the gun himself, taking first one and then another of the detachment to assist him. When the enemy advanced he pulled his gun out of the pit, and engaged a machine gun at 500 yards, knocking it out with a direct hit. All day he held the enemy in check, firing with open sights at enemy parties in full view at 300 to 800 yards, and thereby saved his guns, which were withdrawn at nightfall. He had previously been awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous gallantry. — London Gazette, 13th February 1918

 
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2nd Lieutenant GW Gunn VC MC.

 Awarded for action on 21st November 1941, Sidi Rezegh, North Africa for operating a 2-pdr Anti-Tank Gun on the back of a burning lorry and destroying two enemy tanks before he was killed.

 
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Captain A Henry VC.

Awarded for action on 5th November 1854, Inkerman, the Crimea, for defending the guns of his Battery against overwhelming odds and continuing to do so even though he received twelve bayonet wounds.

 
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Lieutenant General Sir James Hills-Johns VC GCB.

Awarded for action on 9th July 1857, Delhi, India (with Lt Tombs) in defending the position assigned to him.

 
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Gunner Thomas Laughnan VC.

Awarded for action on 14th to 22nd November 1857, Lucknow, India. Elected by Ballot under clause 13 of the VC Warrant for distinguished and continued bravery during the Relief of Lucknow.  On Loan from 148 (Commando) Battery RA

 
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2nd Lieutenant GE Nurse VC.

Awarded for action on 15th December 1899, Colenso, South Africa, for attempting to save the guns of 66th Battery Royal Field Artillery,
in the attempt made by Captain Congreve Rifle Brigade and Lt Roberts, King’s Royal Rifle Corps.

 
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General Sir William Olpherts VC GCB.

Awarded for action on 25th September 1857, Lucknow, India, he accompanied a charge of the 90th Foot who captured two enemy guns, Captain Olpherts rode back under fire to bring up limbers to take away the two guns which he accomplished.

 
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Serjeant CEH Parker VC.

Awarded for action on 31st March 1900, Sanna’s Post, South Africa for the rescue of Q Battery Guns after an ambush at Korn Spruit.

 
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General EJ Phipps-Hornby VC CB CMG.

Awarded for action on 31st March 1900, Sanna’s Post, South Africa for the rescue of Q Battery Guns after an ambush at Korn Spruit.

 
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Battery Sergeant Major JC Raynes VC.

Awarded for action on 11th and 12th October 1915, Fosse 7 Bethune, France. For rescuing a man under fire and bringing him to a place of safety although wounded, and for then seeing the same man wounded again he went to his rescue and gave the wounded man his own gas mask, he then carried him to the dressing station returning to his gun in the gas.  Refusing to leave duty he was resting in a cellar when the house was hit by a shell burying Raynes and four men, Raynes was dug out now wounded
in the head and leg, but rescued all the other men, once his wounds were dressed he returned to the Battery as he was the only SNCO left alive.

 
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Captain D Reynolds VC.

Awarded for action on 26th August and 9th September 1914 Le Cateau and Pysloup, France.  At Le Cateau he took up two teams to re-capture a British gun, under heavy artillery and small arms fire and with the enemy only 100 yards away he succeeded in saving one gun. At Pysloup, he reconnoitered at close range, discovered a German Battery which was holding up the advance and silenced it.

 
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Gunner A Smith VC.

Awarded for action on 17th January 1885, Abu Klea, Sudan. For attempting to protect his Officer when a native rushed him with a sword, twice Gunner Smith warded off sword strikes eventually killing the native with the handspike.  This the only VC for the Nile Expedition of 1885.

 
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Bombardier GE Stone VC MM.

Awarded for action on 21st March 1918 St Quentin, France.  During the first day of the German Spring Offensive, Gunner Stone used a rifle to defend the gun positions as the guns retreated he carried messages to and from the position under very heavy fire and when on one occasion a party of Germans broke into the Gun position area he went out to meet them and killed them with the bayonet, he was under fire in this manner for six hours and never once gave up his attempts to stop the German advance towards his guns.

 
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Quartermaster Serjeant J Thomas VC.

Awarded for action on 27th September 1857, Lucknow, India. For saving the life under very heavy fire of a wounded soldier of the Madras Fusiliers.

 
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Captain TD Wallace VC.

Awarded for action on 30th November 1917, Gonnelieu, France.  When the personnel of the Battery were reduced to five by the fire of artillery, infantry and aeroplanes; had lost its commander and five of the Sergeants and was surrounded on all sides, he maintained the fire of the guns by swinging the trails of the guns by hand, covering the Battery position and some nearby infantry, he was in action for eight hours.

 

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