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VC95   Alfred Ablett

BORN   3 August 1830

DIED   12 March 1897  AGE   66

VC Won  2 September 1855  AGE 25

Place VC Won  Sebastopol, Crimea

War/Campaign  Crimean War

Name   Alfred Ablett  No.   5872

VC Issue No.   95   Awards   VC    DCM

Regiment   Granadier Guards, 3rd Battalion



Rank VC Won   Private

Rank End Of Career   Sergeant

Place Of Birth   Weybread, Suffolk, England

Place Of Death   At his home, Poplar, Millwall, Isle of Dogs, London, England

Buried/Location Ashes  St Andrew Parish Churchyard, Church Road, Weybread, Suffolk, England


Date Buried/Cremated   18 March 1897

Headstone   Unmarked grave   Plot/Grave no.   Family plot, west side of church

Gazetted   24 February 1857

VC Presented   26 June 1857 by Queen Victoria at Hyde Park, London, England


P  Marble plaque in St Andrew's Parish Church, Church Road, Weybread, Suffolk (unveiled March 1997)

Painting by Chevalier Desanges, Officers Mess, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards, Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, London

P  Ablett Close, Weybread, Suffolk

By The Way…

Awarded the Bentinck Medal, created by Major-General Sir Henry Bentinck KCB and awarded for gallantry, one of only thirteen issued during the Crimea campaign for distinguished conduct

Also the Weybread village sign has a Victoria cross on it to commemorate their famous son.

VC Held By

Grenadier Guards, Guards Museum, Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, London, England



VC 94 VC 96

Being in a trench before Sebastopol, a shell was fired and landed in the trench amongst the ammunition. Without hesitation he threw the shell out, which when it touched the ground exploded. His prompt action saved many lives

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