Valentine Bambrick

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Valentine Bambrick
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Born(1837-04-13)13 April 1837
Cawnpore, India
Died1 April 1864(1864-04-01) (aged 26)
Pentonville Prison, London, England
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
Unit60th Rifles
87th Regiment of Foot
Battles/warsIndian Mutiny
AwardsVictoria Cross (forfeited)

Valentine Bambrick VC (13 April 1837 – 1 April 1864) was a 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 21 years old, and a private in the 1st Battalion, 60th Rifles (later The King's Royal Rifle Corps), British Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed took place on 6 May 1858 at Bareilly, India for which he was awarded the VC as recorded in the London Gazette:

For conspicuous bravery at Bareilly, on the 6th of May, 1858, when in a Serai, he was attacked by three Ghazees, one of whom he cut down. He was wounded twice on this occasion.[1]

Later life and death[edit]

Bambrick was one of eight men whose VCs were forfeited. He was stripped of the medal on 4 September 1861 after being convicted of assault and theft of a comrade's medals.

He committed suicide in Pentonville Prison, London on 1 April 1864.[2] He was buried in an unmarked grave in St Pancras and Islington Cemetery which could not be located, but a memorial plaque to him was placed in 2002. [3]


  1. ^ "No. 22212". The London Gazette. 24 December 1858. p. 5513.
  2. ^ GRO Register of Deaths: JUN 1864 1b 133 ISLINGTON - Valentine Bambrick
  3. ^ "St Pancras Cemetery".

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