John Carmichael

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John Carmichael
John Carmichael VC.png
Born 1 April 1893
Glenmavis, North Lanarkshire
Died 20 December 1977 20 December 1977(1977-12-20) (aged 84)
Buried at New Monkland (Landward) Cemetery
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit Royal Engineers
Sherwood Foresters
The North Staffordshire Regiment
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross
Military Medal

John Carmichael VC MM (1 April 1893 – 20 December 1977) was a Scottish 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.

Carmichael was 24 years old, and a sergeant in the 9th Battalion, The North Staffordshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's),[1] British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 8 September 1917, when excavating a trench near Hill 60, Zwarteleen, Belgium, Sergeant Carmichael saw that a grenade had been unearthed and had started to burn. Rather than simply throwing the bomb out of the trench and endangering the lives of the men working on top, he immediately rushed to the spot shouting for his men to get clear, put his steel helmet over the grenade and then stood on the helmet. The grenade exploded, blowing him out of the trench causing him serious injuries, but no one else was hurt.

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His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Staffordshire Regiment Museum, Whittington Barracks, Lichfield, Staffordshire.


  1. ^ "Staffordshire Regiment museum". Retrieved March 14, 2013. 

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