George Strong (VC)

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George Strong
The Battle of Sebastopol.png
Depiction of the Siege of Sebastopol
Born (1833-04-07)7 April 1833
Odcombe, Somerset
Died 25 August 1888(1888-08-25) (aged 55)
Sherston Magna, Wiltshire
Buried Church of the Holy Cross, Sherston
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Rank Private
Unit Coldstream Guards
Battles/wars Crimean War
Awards Victoria Cross

George Strong VC (7 April 1833 – 25 August 1888) 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.

Details[edit]

Strong was born 7 April 1833 in Odcombe, Somerset. He was 19 years old, and a private in the Coldstream Guards, British Army during the Crimean War, when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

In September 1855, at Sevastopol, in the Crimea, when on duty, Private Strong picked up a live shell which had fallen into the trench, and threw it over the parapet. He was well aware of the extreme danger involved, and his action saved many lives. Strong died on 25 August 1888.[1]

The medal[edit]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at The Guards Regimental Headquarters (Coldstream Guards RHQ) in Wellington Barracks, London, England.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 21971". The London Gazette. 24 February 1857. p. 657. 

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