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VC138   James Thompson

BORN   1830

DIED   5 December 1891  AGE   61

VC Won  9 July 1857  AGE   27

Place VC Won  Siege of Delhi

War/Campaign  The Indian Mutiny

Name   James Thompson   No.      Elected by Regiment

VC Issue No.   138   Awards   VC   

Regiment   60th Rifles, 1st Battalion

Later   King's Royal Rifle Corps

Now   2nd + 4th Battalions The Rifles

Rank VC Won   Private

Rank End Of Career   Private

Place Of Birth   Yoxall, Burton, Staffordshire, England

Place Of Death   Walsall, West Midlands, England

Buried/Location Ashes  Queen Street Cemetery (Old Cemetery), Rollingmill Street, Pleck, Walsall, West Midlands, England


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone   Unmarked grave   Plot/Grave no.  Division F, Section 9, Grave 181

Gazetted   20 January 1860

VC Presented   09 November 1860 by Queen Victoria at Home Park, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, England


P  Victoria Cross memorial plaque Walsall Town Hall, West Midlands

P  Memorial plaque St Peters church, Yoxall, Staffordshire

P  Plaque on gates at Queen Street Cemetery, Walsall, West Midlands

By The Way…

He was elected for the Victoria Cross by his fellow Privates of the regiment

VC Held By

Royal Green Jackets Museum, Peninsular Barracks, Romsey Road, Winchester, Hampshire, England



VC 137 VC 139

During the siege of Delhi, for numerous acts of bravery, including on 9th July 1857 saving the life of his captain by killing two Sepoys before further assistance arrived. He was elected by the Privates of the regiment

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VC 137
VC 139
Indian Mutiny

Thank you to Mel Lee for the photo of the Victoria Cross memorial plaque Walsall Town Hall