Samuel Turner (VC)

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Samuel Turner
Victoria Cross Medal without Bar.png
Born February 1826 (1826-02)
Witnesham, Suffolk
Died 13 June 1868 (1868-06-14) (aged 42)
Meerut, British India
Buried St John's Cemetery, Meerut
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Rank Private
Unit 60th Rifles
Battles/wars Indian Mutiny
Awards Victoria Cross

Samuel Turner VC (February 1826 – 13 June 1868) 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.

Details[edit]

Turner was 31 years old, and a private in the 1st Battalion, 60th Rifles (later the King's Royal Rifle Corps) of the British Army during the Indian Mutiny, when the following deed on 19 June 1857 at Delhi, India took place for which he was awarded the VC:

Private Samuel Turner. Date of Act of Bravery, 19th June, 1857

For having, at Delhi, on the night of the 19th of June, 1857, during a severe conflict with the Enemy, who attacked the rear of the Camp, carried off" on his shoulders, under a heavy fire, a mortally wounded Officer, Lieutenant Humphreys, of the Indian Service. During this service, Private Turner was wounded by a sabre cut in the right arm. His gallant conduct saved the above-named Officer from the fate of others, whose mangled remains were not recovered until the following day.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 22347". The London Gazette. 20 January 1860. p. 179.