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VC15   William McWheeney

BORN  1830

DIED   17 May 1866  AGE   36

VC Won  20 October 1854  AGE 24

Place VC Won  Sebastopol, Crimea

War/Campaign  Crimean War

Name   William McWheeney   No.               

VC Issue No.   15   Awards   VC   

Regiment   44th Regiment

Later   Essex Regiment

Now   Royal Anglian Regiment

Rank VC Won   Sergeant

Rank End Of Career   Sergeant

Place Of Birth   Bangor, Co. Down, Northern Ireland

Place Of Death   Dover, Kent, England

Buried/Location Ashes  St James's Cemetery, Old Charlton Road, Dover, Kent, England


Date Buried/Cremated         

Headstone   Headstone   Plot/Grave no.   Consecrated Section R, Number 1-11

Gazetted   24 February 1857

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


P  Headstone St James's Cemetery, Old Charlton Road, Dover, Kent, England

By The Way…

Was acting as a sharp shooter in his VC actions

VC Held By

Essex Regiment Museum, Oaklands Park, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, England



VC 14 VC 16

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When forced to retire under enemy fire, he brought back a wounded comrade, he repeated this act two months later saving the life of a corporal. In the June of 1855 he volunteered for the advanced guard in attacks around Sebastopol.

VC Ephemera

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Crimean War