John Robarts (VC)

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John Robarts
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Born 1818
Chacewater, Cornwall
Died 17 October 1888 (aged 69–70)
Southsea, Portsmouth
Buried at Highland Road Cemetery, Portsmouth
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Years of service 1842 - 1875
Rank Chief Gunner
Awards Victoria Cross

John Robarts VC (1818 – 17 October 1888)[1] 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.

Robarts was born in Chacewater, Cornwall, and joined the Royal Navy in 1842. He was about 37 years old, and a gunner in the Royal Navy during the Crimean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 29 May 1855 in the Sea of Azov, Crimea, Gunner Robarts of HMS Ardent with two lieutenants (Cecil William Buckley and Hugh Talbot Burgoyne), one from HMS Miranda and the other from HMS Swallow, volunteered to land on a beach where the Russian army were in strength. They were out of covering gunshot range of the ships offshore and met considerable enemy opposition, but managed to set fire to corn stores and ammunition dumps and destroy enemy equipment before embarking again.[2]

Later life[edit]

In the 1881 Census he is recorded as living at Providence House, 4 Park Lane, Southsea where he died of heart disease, aged 68 in 1888.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Memorials and Monuments in Portsmouth". Archived from the original on February 12, 2012. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ "no. 21971". The London Gazette. 24 February 1857. p. 650. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 

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