William Stanlake

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William Stanlake
Inkermann.jpg
Depiction of the battle of Inkerman
Born (1830-10-31)31 October 1830
Uppacot Farm, Halwill, Devon
Died 24 April 1904(1904-04-24) (aged 73)
Camberwell, London
Buried at Camberwell Old Cemetery
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Unit Coldstream Guards
Battles/wars Crimean War
Awards Victoria Cross
Distinguished Conduct Medal

William Stanlake VC DCM (31 October 1830 – 24 April 1904) 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.

He was 23 years old, and he was a private in the Coldstream Guards of the British Army during the Crimean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 26 October 1854 near Inkerman, Crimea, Private Stanlake, when employed as a sharpshooter, volunteered to reconnoitre, and although he was warned of the dangers he would encounter, crawled to within six yards of a Russian sentry and brought back such information that the officer in charge of the party was able to make a surprise attack.[1]

He is buried in Camberwell Old Cemetery in South East London. His Victoria Cross is displayed at The Guards Regimental Headquarters (Coldstream Guards RHQ), Wellington Barracks, London, England.

External links[edit]

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