Aylmer Cameron

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Aylmer Spicer Cameron
Aylmer Cameron VC.jpg
Born 12 August 1833
Perth, Scotland
Died 10 June 1909 (aged 75)
Alverstoke, Hampshire
Buried at St Mark's Churchyard, Highcliffe
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Colonel
Unit 72nd Highlanders
King's Own Scottish Borderers
Commands held Royal Military College, Sandhurst
Battles/wars Crimean War
Indian Mutiny
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross
Order of the Bath
Relations Cecil Aylmer Cameron (son)

Colonel Aylmer Spicer Cameron, VC CB (12 August 1833 – 10 June 1909),[1] born in Perth, 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.[2]

Details[edit]

Cameron was 24 years old, and a lieutenant in the 1st Battalion, 72nd Highlanders, British Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed took place on 30 March 1858 at Kotah, India for which he was awarded the VC:

For conspicuous bravery on the 30th of March, 1858, at Kotah, in having headed a small party of men, and attacked a body of armed fanatic rebels, strongly posted in a loop-holed house, with one narrow entrance. Lieutenant Cameron stormed the house, and killed three rebels in single combat. He was severely wounded, having lost half of one hand by a stroke from a tulwar.[3]

Further information[edit]

He later achieved the rank of colonel and was Commandant of the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, from 1886 to 1888.[4][5]

His son, Cecil Aylmer Cameron, was also a distinguished Army officer.

The medal[edit]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Regimental Museum of Queens Own Highlanders in Fort George, Highland, Scotland.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.britishmedals.net/people/cameron.html[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Macdonald, James Simon (1908). Annals: North British Society: Halifax, Nova Scotia. Halifax, Nova Scotia: McAlpine Publishing Company. p. 599. 
  3. ^ "No. 22324". The London Gazette. 19 June 1860. p. 4034. 
  4. ^ Seaforth Highlanders
  5. ^ "No. 25852". The London Gazette. 4 September 1888. p. 4736. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Frederick Solly-Flood
Commandant of the Royal Military College Sandhurst
1886–1888
Succeeded by
Edward Clive (as Governor and Commandant)
Spencer Edward Orr (as Assistant Commandant and Secretary)