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VC05    John Simpson Knox

BORN  30 September 1828

DIED   8 January 1897  AGE   70

VC Won 20 September 1854  AGE 25

Place VC Won  Battle of the Alma & Sebastopol, Crimea

War/Campaign  Crimean War

Name   John Simpson Knox   No.              

VC Issue No.   5   Awards   VC   

Regiment   Scots (Fusilier) Guards & Rifle Brigade

Later   Scots Guards & Royal Green Jackets

Now   The Rifles Scots Guards

Rank VC Won   Sergeant

Rank End Of Career   Brevet-Major

Place Of Birth   King Street, Calton, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Place Of Death   At his home, 6 Oriel Terrace, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

Buried/Location Ashes  Cheltenham Cemetery, Bouncers Lane, Gloucestershire, England


Date Buried/Cremated        

Headstone   Headstone   Plot/Grave no.   Section N, Grave 17085

Gazetted 24 February 1857

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


P  Headstone, Cheltenham cemetery, Gloucestershire

P  Named on Rifle Brigade Role of Fame Memorial, Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire

P  Named on wife's headstone, Harriet Louisa, died 4 January 1890 (C of E Section 6, Grave 312), Anfield Cemetery, Liverpool, Lancashire

By The Way…

Headstone renovated late 2001

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Sold by Spinks April 2010 for £210,000 - Buyer unknown



VC 4 VC 6

Awarded the VC for two different actions, for two different regiments, at two different ranks. First at the Battle of Alma he steadied the ranks of the Scots Fusilier Guards. Then as lieutenant in the Rifle Brigade led the attack on the Redan, Sebastopol.

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