George Hinckley

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George Hinckley
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Born (1819-06-22)22 June 1819
Liverpool, England
Died 31 December 1904(1904-12-31) (aged 85)
Plymouth, Devon
Buried Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Rank Quartermaster
Unit HMS Sphinx
Battles/wars Taiping Rebellion
Awards Victoria Cross

George Hinckley VC (22 June 1819 – 31 December 1904) 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.


Hinkley was 43 years old, and an able seaman in the Royal Navy serving in the Naval Brigade during the Taiping Rebellion when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 9 October 1862 at Fenghua, China, Able Seaman Hinckley of HMS Sphinx volunteered to go to the rescue of the assistant master of the Sphinx, who was lying in the open severely wounded. The able seaman went out under heavy and continuous fire and carried the assistant master to the shelter of a jess-house 150 yards (140 m) away. He then returned and carried a wounded army captain to safety.[1]

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He later achieved the rank of quartermaster.


  1. ^ "No. 22705". The London Gazette. 6 February 1863. p. 642.