George Samson

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George Samson
Victoria Cross Medal without Bar.png
Born 7 January 1889
Carnoustie, Forfarshire, Scotland
Died 28 February 1923
Aboard the SS Strombus
Buried at Methodist Cemetery, St. George's, Bermuda
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Rank Petty officer
Unit HMS Hussar
SS River Clyde
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Victoria Cross
Medaille Militaire (France)
Other work Merchant seaman

George McKenzie Samson VC (7 January 1889 – 28 February 1923) 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.

Samson was from Carnoustie in Angus, 26 years old, and a seaman in the Royal Naval Reserve during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 25 April 1915 during the landing at V Beach, Cape Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey, Seaman Samson, with three other men (George Leslie Drewry, Wilfred St. Aubyn Malleson, and William Charles Williams) was assisting the commander (Edward Unwin) of their ship HMS River Clyde, at the work of securing the lighters. He worked all day under very heavy fire, attending wounded and getting out lines. He was eventually dangerously wounded by Maxim fire.[1]

He later achieved the rank of petty officer and rejoined the Merchant Navy after the war, ultimately dying of pneumonia. He is buried in the St. George's Military Cemetery off Secretary Lane in St George's Bermuda. His VC is in the Lord Ashcroft Gallery in the Imperial War Museum in London.


  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29264. p. 8132. 13 August 1915. Retrieved 12 May 2015.

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