John Alexander (VC)
Depiction of the Siege of Sebastopol
|Born||Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland|
|Died||24 September 1857
Alumbagh, Lucknow, British India
|Unit||90th Perthshire Light Infantry|
Médaille Militaire (France)
John Alexander VC (died 24 September 1857) was a British Army soldier and an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross (VC), the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to a member of the British and Commonwealth forces.
Born in Mullingar, County Westmeath, Alexander was a private in the 90th Perthshire Light Infantry (later known as The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)), during the Crimean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC:
On 18 June 1855 after the attack on the Redan at Sebastopol, Alexander went out from the trenches under very heavy fire and brought in several wounded men. On 6 September, when he was with a working party in the most advanced trench, he went out under heavy fire and helped to bring in a captain who was severely wounded.
- "No. 21971". The London Gazette. 24 February 1857. p. 661.
- Location of John Alexander's Victoria Cross, "National War Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh"