Tom Dresser

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Tom Dresser
Tom Dresser VC.jpg
Born 21 July 1892
Huby, Hambleton, North Yorkshire
Died 9 April 1982
Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire
Buried at Thorntree Cemetery, Middlesbrough
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Rank Private
Unit Green Howards
Machine Gun Corps
Home Guard
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross

Tom Dresser VC (21 July 1892 – 9 April 1982) 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.

Dresser was born on 21 July 1892. He was 24 years old, and a private in the 7th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own), British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 12 May 1917 near Roeux, France, Private Dresser, in spite of having been twice wounded on the way and suffering great pain, succeeded in conveying an important message from battalion headquarters to the front line trenches, which he eventually reached in an exhausted condition. His fearlessness and determination to deliver this message at all costs proved of the greatest value to his battalion at a critical period.[1]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Green Howards Museum in Richmond, North Yorkshire.


  1. ^ "(Supplement) no. 30154". The London Gazette. 26 June 1917. p. 6382. Retrieved 28 April 2015.