Anthony Palmer

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Anthony Palmer
Depiction of the battle of Inkerman
Born 10 March 1819
Brereton Green, Sandbach, Cheshire
Died 12 December 1892 (aged 73)
Crumpsall Hospital, Crumpsall, Manchester
Buried at Heywood Cemetery, Rochdale
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1838 - 1863
Rank Private
(Later Captain of Volunteers)
Unit Grenadier Guards
Battles/wars Crimean War
Awards Victoria Cross
Bentinck Medal for Gallantry

Anthony Palmer VC (10 March 1819 – 12 December 1892) 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 about 35 years old, and a private in the 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards, British Army during the Crimean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 5 November 1854 at the Battle of Inkerman, Crimea, Private Palmer, with two other men were the first to volunteer to go with Brevet Major Sir Charles Russell to dislodge a party of Russians from the Sandbag Battery. The attack succeeded. During this action Private Palmer shot down an assailant who was in the act of bayoneting Russell, and so saved his life. He was also one of a small band which, by a desperate charge against overwhelming numbers, saved the Colours of the battalion from capture.[1]

In 1874, Palmer was commissioned as a captain in the part-time 5th (Plaistow and Victoria Docks) Essex Rifle Volunteer Corps.[2]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at The Guards Regimental Headquarters (Grenadier Guards RHQ), Wellington Barracks, London, England.


  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 21971. p. 656. 24 February 1857. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 24092. p. 2404. 5 May 1874. Retrieved 29 March 2015.