Ferdinand Le Quesne

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Ferdinand Simeon Le Quesne
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Born 25 December 1863
St Helier, Jersey
Died 14 April 1950
Bristol, Gloucestershire
Buried at Canford Cemetery, Bristol
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant-Colonel
Unit Royal Army Medical Corps
Battles/wars Second Boer War
World War I
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross

Lieutenant-Colonel Ferdinand Simeon Le Quesne VC (25 December 1863 – 14 April 1950) was a 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 educated at King's College London before he joined the British Army. After the Third Anglo-Burmese War, local leaders started a guerilla war against the British forces who now occupied the country. Le Quesne's action was during this period. He was 25 years old, and a surgeon in the Army Medical Service (later the Royal Army Medical Corps) serving with the Chin Field Force in Burma when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 4 May 1889 during the attack on the village of Tartan[1] (now Siallum near Voklaak Village), Burma (now Myanmar) by a column of the Chin Field Force, Surgeon Le Quesne remained for the space of about ten minutes within five yards of the loopholed stockade, from which the enemy was firing, dressing with perfect coolness and self-possession, the wounds of an officer who shortly afterwards died. Surgeon Le Quesne was himself severely wounded later while attending to the wounds of another officer.[2]

Further information[edit]

Le Quesne later served in the Second Boer War and World War I. He retired in 1918 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.[3]

The medal[edit]

His VC is held at the Jersey Museum in St Helier.


  1. ^ PH Starling (March 2009). "The Medical Victoria Crosses" (PDF). RAMC Journal. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "No. 25988". The London Gazette. 29 October 1889. p. 5721. 
  3. ^ British Medical Journal obituary