Claud Thomas Bourchier

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Claud Thomas Bourchier
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Depiction of the Siege of Sebastopol
Born 22 April 1831
Brayford, Devon
Died 19 November 1877 (aged 46)
Hove, Sussex
Buried at St Andrew's Churchyard, Buxton
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1849 - 1876
Rank Colonel
Unit Rifle Brigade
Battles/wars Crimean War
Indian Mutiny
Awards Victoria Cross

Colonel Claud Thomas Bourchier (22 April 1831 – 19 November 1877) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

He was 23 years old, and a Lieutenant in the 1st Battalion, The Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own), British Army during the Crimean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

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On 20 November 1854 at Sebastopol, Crimea, Lieutenant Bourchier, with another lieutenant (William James Montgomery Cuninghame) was with a party detailed to drive the Russians from some rifle pits. Advancing on the pits after dark they launched a surprise attack and drove the Russian riflemen from their cover, but in the fierce fighting which ensued the officer in command of the party was killed. The two lieutenants, however, maintained their advantage, withstood all attacks from the enemy during the night and held the position until relieved next day.

He later achieved the rank of Colonel. In later life he was a member of Boodle's club in St James's, London.

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Royal Green Jackets Museum (Winchester, England).

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