William Reynolds (VC)

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William Reynolds
Batalla del río Almá, por Richard Caton Woodville.jpg
Depiction of the battle of Alma
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died20 October 1869 (aged 41-42)
Strand, London
BuriedBrookwood Cemetery, London
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
UnitScots Fusilier Guards
Battles/warsCrimean War
AwardsVictoria Cross

William Reynolds VC (1827 – 20 October 1869) 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. Reynolds was the first private to receive the award.


Reynolds' grave in Brookwood Cemetery

He was about 27 years old, and a private in the Scots Fusilier Guards, British Army during the Crimean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 20 September 1854 at the Battle of the Alma, Crimean Peninsula, when the formation of the line was disordered, Private Reynolds behaved with conspicuous gallantry, in rallying the men round the Colours.[1]

Further information[edit]

He later achieved the rank of corporal.

The medal[edit]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at The Guards Regimental Headquarters (Scots Guards RHQ), Wellington Barracks, Chelsea, London, England.


  1. ^ "No. 21971". The London Gazette. 24 February 1857. p. 657.

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