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VC50 Sir William James Montgomery Cunninghame

BORN  20 May 1834

DIED   11 November 1897  AGE   63

VC Won  20 November 1854  AGE 20

Place VC Won  Sebastopol, Crimea

War/Campaign  Crimean War

Name   Sir William James Montgomery Cunninghame   No.   

VC Issue No.   50   Awards   VC    

Regiment   Rifle Brigade, 1st Battalion

Later   Royal Green Jackets

Now   2nd and 4th Battalions The Rifles

Rank VC Won   Lieutenant

Rank End Of Career   Colonel

Place Of Birth   Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland

Place Of Death   Gunton, near Lowesoft, Suffolk, England

Buried/Location Ashes  Kirkmichael Parish Churchyard, Patna Road, Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland


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 Kirkmichael Parish Churchyard, Patna Road, Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland

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

P  Window & named on daughter's headstone at Kirkmichael Parish Church, Ayr, Scotland

P  Name on plaque on a flag pole, Maybole, Carrick, Ayrshire

By The Way…

After serving 24 years in the army, he became a conservative MP for Ayr

VC Held By

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



VC 49 VC 51

With the Rifle Brigade they were ordered to take some rifle pits from the Russians. They took them in a night attack and kept them after repeated counter attacks until they were relieved next day.

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