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VC01   Charles Davis Lucas

BORN  19 February 1834

DIED  7 August 1914   AGE 80

VC Won  21 June 1854  AGE 20

Place VC Won  Baltic Sea

War/Campaign  Crimean War

Name   Charles Davis Lucas   No.             

VC Issue No.   1   Awards   VC

Regiment   Royal Navy



Rank VC Won   Midshipman

Rank End Of Career   Rear Admiral

Place Of Birth   Drumargole, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland

Place Of Death   Great Culverden, Kent, England

Buried/Location Ashes   Parish Church of St Lawrence churchyard, The Street, Mereworth, near Maidstone, Kent, England


Date Buried/Cremated          

Headstone  Headstone       Plot/Grave no.         

Gazetted   24 February 1857

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


P  Headstone at the Parish Church of St Lawrence, Mereworth, Kent

P  Plaque & framed citation at the Parish Church of St Lawrence, Mereworth, near Maidstone, Kent.

P  Lucas Close now on site of old gasworks on Sandhurst Road, High Brooms, Tunbridge Wells, Kent (Barratt Kent 2007)

P  Named on memorial stone, Bomarsund, South West Finland

Blue plaque at Druminargal House, 29 Poyntzpass Road, Scarza, Co Armagh

P  Memorial tablet, Poyntzpass Royal British Legion Hall, Co Armagh

P  Name on VC memorial Royal Naval and Royal Albert Yacht Club, Pembroke Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire

By The Way…

First recipient of the VC

VC Held By

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, England


VC 2 Crimean War

While serving as a midshipman on HMS Hecla, in the Baltic sea, he dashed from cover without hesitation, threw a live shell overboard where it detonated before hitting the water, therefore saving ship and crew.

VC 2

Many thanks to Richard Edgar for photos of the memorial tablet, Poyntzpass Royal British Legion Hall, Co Armagh

VC Ephemera

Many thanks to Paul Barker for this photo.

Click on it to go to his website.