Philip Smith (VC)
Lurgan, County Cavan.
|Died||16 January 1906|
Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin
|Unit||17th Regiment of Foot|
Médaille militaire (France)
Philip Smith VC was born in Lurgan, County Cavan in 1829. His discharge papers confirming this are on line at Ancestry.co.uk under Chelsea Pensioners Records. His parents names are Thomas Smith and Bridget Mulvaney. This is confirmed by marriage records in Canada and Cavan Genealogy Soc. He died in Dublin on 16 January 1906. He 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.
He was 26 old, and a corporal in the 17th Regiment (later the Leicestershire Regiment), British Army during the Siege of Sebastopol in the Crimean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
For repeatedly going out in the front of the advanced trenches against the Great Redan, on the 18th June, 1855, under a very heavy fire, after the column had retired from the assault, and bringing in wounded comrades.
Having achieved the rank of lance sergeant, he was later reduced to the ranks and when discharged he was a private. He died at Harolds Cross, Dublin on 16 January 1906 and was buried at Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.
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- Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
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