Francis Farquharson

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Francis Edward Henry Farquharson
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Born 25 March 1837
Glasgow, Scotland
Died 12 September 1875 (aged 38)
Harberton, Devon
Buried at St Peter's Churchyard, Harberton
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Major
Unit 42nd Regiment of Foot
Battles/wars Crimean War
Indian Mutiny
Third Anglo-Ashanti War
Awards Victoria Cross

Major Francis Edward Henry Farquharson VC (25 March 1837 – 12 September 1875) 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.


He was 20 years old, and a lieutenant in the 42nd Regiment of Foot (later The Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)), British Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed took place on 9 March 1858 at Lucknow, India for which he was awarded the VC:

For conspicuous bravery, when engaged before Lucknow, on the 9th March, 1858, in having led a portion of his Company, stormed a bastion mounting two guns, and spiked the guns, by which the advanced position, held during the night of the 9th of March, was rendered secure from the fire of Artillery. Lieutenant Farquharson was severely wounded, while holding an advanced position, on the morning of the 10th of March.


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He later achieved the rank of major. His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Black Watch Museum in Perth, Scotland.


  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 22278. p. 2420. 21 June 1859. Retrieved 19 September 2009.

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