Valentine McMaster

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Valentine McMaster
Valentine Munbee McMaster.jpg
Born16 May 1834
Trichinopoly, British India
Died22 January 1872
Belfast, Ireland
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service1855 - 1872
Unit78th Highlanders
Battles/warsAnglo-Persian War
Indian Mutiny
Umbeyla Campaign
AwardsVictoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross

Surgeon Valentine Munbee McMaster VC (16 May 1834 – 22 January 1872) 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 graduated from the University of Edinburgh Medical School with an MD and LRCSE.[1] McMaster was 23 years old, and an assistant surgeon in the 78th Regiment of Foot (later The Seaforth Highlanders Ross-shire Buffs, Duke of Albany's) during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed took place on 25 September 1857, at the Siege of Lucknow for which he was awarded the VC:

For the intrepidity with which he exposed himself to the fire of the enemy, in bringing in, and attending to, the wounded, on the 25th of September, at Lucknow. (Extract from Field Force Orders of the late Major-General Havelock, dated 17 October 1857.)[2]

He later achieved the rank of surgeon.[3] McMaster died on 22 January 1872 in Belfast, Ireland and was buried in Belfast City Cemetery. There is a memorial to his memory in St. Columb's Cathedral in Derry. His widow went on to marry Campbell Mellis Douglas VC[4]

The medal[edit]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the National War Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle, Scotland.


  1. ^ London Gazette (PDF) Retrieved 15 November 2013. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "No. 22154". The London Gazette. 18 June 1858. p. 2957.
  3. ^ [http:// "Valentine McMaster"] Check |url= value (help).[dead link]
  4. ^ RAMC Journal Archived 15 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine

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