Anthony Home

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Sir Anthony Dickson Home
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Born30 November 1826
Dunbar, East Lothian
Died10 August 1914 (aged 77)
Kensington, London
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service1848–1886
RankSurgeon General
Unit3rd West India Regiment
13th Hussars
90th Regiment of Foot
35th Regiment of Foot
8th Hussars
Battles/warsCrimean War
Indian Mutiny
Second Anglo-Chinese War
New Zealand Wars
Third Anglo-Ashanti War
AwardsVictoria Cross
Order of the Bath

Surgeon General Sir Anthony Dickson Home VC KCB (30 November 1826 – 10 August 1914) 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.


Home graduated from the University of St Andrews School of Medicine with an MD in 1848. Home was 30 years old, and a surgeon in the 90th Foot, British Army during the Indian Mutiny on 26 September 1857 at the Relief of Lucknow, India, when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC:

For persevering bravery and admirable conduct in charge of the wounded men left behind the column, when the troops under the late Major-General Havelock, forced their way into the Residency of Lucknow, on the 26th September, 1857. The escort left with the wounded had, by casualties, been reduced to a few stragglers, and being entirely separated from the column, this small party with the wounded were forced into a house, in which they defended themselves till it was set on fire. They then retreated to a shed a few yards from it, and in this place continued to defend themselves for more than twenty-two hours, till relieved. At last, only six men and Mr. Home remained to fire. Of four officers who were with the party, all were badly wounded, and three are since dead. The conduct of the defence during the latter part of the time devolved therefore on Mr. Home, and to his active exertions previously to being forced into the house, and his good conduct throughout, the safety of any of the wounded, and the successful defence, is mainly to be attributed.[1]

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In the early 1860s, Home was stationed in New Zealand and fought in the New Zealand Wars.[2][3] He was awarded a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath and achieved the rank of surgeon general.

Arthur Conan Doyle worked with him a few times and stated that, "..he seemed a most disagreeable old man...and yet when I married shortly afterwards he sent me a most charming message wishing me good fortune..."[4]

The medal[edit]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Army Medical Services Museum, Mytchett, Surrey.


Service Memoirs


  1. ^ "No. 22154". The London Gazette. 18 June 1858. p. 2959.
  2. ^ "Untitled". New Zealander. XIX (2019). 12 December 1863. p. 4. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Wanganui". The Evening Post (107). 13 June 1865. p. 2. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  4. ^ from Memories and Adventures, autobiography of Arthur Conan Doyle

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