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VC02 John Bythesea
BORN 15 June 1827
DIED 18 May 1906 AGE 78
VC Won 9 August 1854 AGE 27
Place VC Won Baltic Sea
War/Campaign Crimean War
Name John Bythesea No.
VC Issue No. 2 Awards VC CB CIE
Regiment Royal Navy
Rank VC Won Lieutenant
Rank End Of Career Rear Admiral
Place Of Birth Freshford, near Bath, Somerset, England
Place Of Death 22 Ashburn Place, South Kensington, London, England
Buried/Location Ashes Bath Abbey Cemetery, Prior Park Road, Bath, Somerset, England
Headstone Headstone Plot/Grave no. Section 3, K 19-20
Gazetted 24 February 1857
VC Presented 26 June 1857 by Queen Victoria at Hyde Park, London, England
P Headstone at Bath Abbey Cemetery, Bath
P Plaque at Freshford Church, near Bath
P SomersetBythesea Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire
P Named on memorial stone, Bomarsund, South West Finland
By The Way…
The family legend has it an early ancestor was found washed up BY THE SEA
VC Held By
The Lord Ashcroft collection I.W.M
Serving as a lieutenant on H.M.S. Arrogant he was sent ashore on Wardo Island which is in the Baltic Sea. Together with William Johnstone they ambushed five Russians delivering vital dispatches, whilst only having one gun between them.
Many thanks to Paul Barker for this photo.
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