Joseph Prosser

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Joseph Prosser
Born 1828
Moneygall, Ireland
Died 10 June 1867 (aged 38-39)
Liverpool, England
Buried Anfield Cemetery, Liverpool
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Private
Unit 2nd Battalion, 1st Regiment of Foot
Battles/wars Crimean War
Awards Victoria Cross

Joseph Prosser VC (1828 – 10 June 1867) was an Irish 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.


Prosser was born in Moneygall, King's County. He was approximately 27 years old, and a private in the 2nd Battalion, 1st Regiment (later The Royal Scots), British Army during the Crimean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 16 June 1855 at Sevastopol, Crimea, when on duty in the trenches, Private Prosser pursued and apprehended (while exposed to enemy cross-fire) a soldier in the act of deserting to the enemy. On 11 August he left the most advanced trench and helped to carry to safety a severely wounded soldier of the 95th Regiment who was unable to move. This act was performed under very heavy fire from the enemy.[1]

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He died on 10 June 1869. Grave/memorial at Buried at Anfield C. of E. Cemetery, Liverpool, England. Section 14. Grave 389. Ref: CH-17-2124/Burial 8887. Headstone erected 1995.

His Victoria Cross is owned (but not currently displayed) by the Royal Scots Museum in Edinburgh Castle, Scotland.


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

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