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VC35   James Gorman

BORN  21 August 1834

DIED   18 October 1882  AGE   48

VC Won  5 November 1854  AGE 20

Place VC Won  Inkerman, Crimea

War/Campaign  Crimean War

Name   James Gorman   No.             

VC Issue No.   35   Awards   VC    

Regiment   Royal Navy (Naval Brigade)



Rank VC Won   Seaman

Rank End Of Career   Captain of the After Guard

Place Of Birth   Islington, London, England

Place Of Death   Spectacle Island, Parramatta River, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Buried/Location Ashes  Pioneers Memorial Park (First Church of England Cemetery), Norton Street, Leichhardt, Balmain, Sydney, Australia


Date Buried/Cremated   20 October 1882

Headstone   Headstone   Plot/Grave no.   C of E Section

Gazetted   24 February 1857

VC Presented   CO HMS Elk, China


Plaque at the Balmain War Memorial, Australia (previously at the Sailors, Soldiers & Airmen Club, Leichhardt, Sydney, Australia)

By The Way…

He had for many years an imposter, who claimed he was the real James Gorman, causing great confusion.

VC Held By

Private collection



VC 34 VC 36

At the Battle of Inkerman, when the Lancaster Battery they were serving, was attacked by a large enemy force, they mounted the parapet. Using their guns and the guns of the wounded, they fended off the attack.

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