David Spence (VC)
as Yeoman of the Guard
|Died||17 April 1877 (aged 58)|
|Battles/wars||First Anglo-Sikh War|
Second Anglo-Sikh War
|Other work||Yeoman of the Guard|
Spence was born in 1818 in Inverkeithing, Fife, Scotland. He joined the 9th Queen's Royal Lancers in 1842. When he was 40 years old, and a troop sergeant-major in the 9th Lancers, British Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed took place on 17 January 1858 at Shumsabad, India for which he was awarded the VC:
Troop Serjeant-Major Spence
Date of Act of Bravery, 17th January, 1858
For conspicuous gallantry on the 17th of January, 1858, at Shumsabad, in going to the assistance of Private Kidd, who had been wounded, and his horse disabled, and bringing him out from a large number of rebels. Despatch from Major-General Sir James Hope Grant, K.C.B., dated 8th April, 1858.
His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Regimental Museum of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers in Derby Museum, England.
- Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
- Scotland's Forgotten Valour (Graham Ross, 1995)
- Location of grave and VC medal (S. London)