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VC131   Alfred Spencer Heathcote

BORN   29 March 1832

DIED   21 February 1812  AGE   79

VC Won  June-September 1857  

AGE   25

Place VC Won  Siege of Delhi

War/Campaign  The Indian Mutiny

Name   Alfred Spencer Heathcote   No.      Elected by Regiment

VC Issue No.   131   Awards   VC   

Regiment   60th Rifles

Later   King's Royal Rifle Corps

Now   2nd Battalion The Rifles

Rank VC Won   Lieutenant

Rank End Of Career   Colonel

Place Of Birth   Winchester, England

Place Of Death   Bowral, New South Wales, Australia

Buried/Location Ashes  Bowral General Cemetery, Kangaloon Road, Bowral, New South Wales, Australia


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone   Headstone   Plot/Grave no.   

Gazetted   20 January 1860

VC Presented   11 January 1861, Lieutenant-General Sir J Grant, China


Headstone, Bowral General Cemetery, Kangaloon Road, Bowral, New South Wales, Australia

P  Named on Kings Royal Rifle Corps memorial Winchester Cathedral

P  Memorial plaque at St James Anglican Church, King Street, Sydney, Australia

By The Way…

He served the colours for 23 years

VC Held By

Victoria Barracks, Sydney, NSW, Australia



VC 130 VC 132

At the siege of Delhi, between June and September 1857, he carried out various actions of extreme danger. In particular, during the six days of street fighting following the final assault

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Thank you to Lorna and Nick Martin for photos in Sydney