William McBean

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William McBean
William McBean VC.jpg
Born 1 January 1818
Inverness, Scotland
Died 23 June 1878(1878-06-23) (aged 60)
Shooter's Hill, London
Buried at Grange Cemetery, Edinburgh
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Major General
Unit 93rd Regiment of Foot
Battles/wars Crimean War
Indian Mutiny
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross
Order of the Medjidieh (Ottoman Empire)

Major-General William McBean VC (1 January 1818 – 23 June 1878) was a Scottish 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 40 years old, and a lieutenant in the 93rd Regiment of Foot (later Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders[1] - Princess Louise's), British Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed took place at Lucknow, India for which he was awarded the VC.

Lieutenant and Adjutant, (now Captain) William McBean

Date of Act of Bravery, 11th March, 1858
For distinguished personal bravery in killing eleven of the enemy with his own hand in the main breach of the Begum Bagh at Lucknow, on the 11th March, 1858.


Further information[edit]

He held every rank from private to major general, and never left the 93rd Regiment, including becoming the Commanding Officer of the 93rd.

The medal[edit]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum in Stirling Castle, Scotland.[3]


  1. ^ "The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders". Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 22212. p. 5515. 24 December 1858. Retrieved 19 September 2009.
  3. ^ "McBean William VC". Retrieved 5 March 2013. 

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