Henry Curtis

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Henry Curtis
Born 21 December 1822
Romsey, Hampshire
Died 23 November 1896 (aged 73)
Portsea, Hampshire
Buried Kingston Cemetery, Portsea
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1841 - 1864
Rank Boatswain's Mate
Unit Naval Brigade
Battles/wars Crimean War
Awards Victoria Cross

Henry Curtis VC (21 December 1822 – 23 November 1896) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross (VC), the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.


Curtis was 32 years old and a Boatswain's Mate in the Royal Navy (Naval Brigade) during the Crimean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 18 June 1855, in the Crimea, immediately after the assault on Sebastopol, a soldier of the 57th Regiment, who had been wounded in both legs, was observed sitting up and calling for help. At once the second-in-command of the scaling party (Henry James Raby), another seaman (John Taylor) and Boatswain's Mate Curtis left the shelter of their battery works and ran forward a distance of 70 yards, across open ground, through heavy gunfire and succeeded in carrying the wounded man to safety.[1]

Medal location[edit]

The VC is on display in the Lord Ashcroft Gallery at the Imperial War Museum, London.


  1. ^ "No. 21971". The London Gazette. 24 February 1857. p. 653. 

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