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VC553   John Franks Vallentin

BORN   14 May 1882

DIED   7 November 1914   AGE   32

VC Won    7 November 1914   AGE   32

Place VC Won   Zillebeke, Belgium

War/Campaign   First World War 1914

Name   John Franks Vallentin   No.      POSTHUMOUS

VC Issue No.   553   Awards   VC      

Regiment   South Staffordshire Regiment, 1st Battalion

Later   The Staffordshire Regiment

Now   3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment - Disbanded July 2012

Rank VC Won   Captain

Rank End Of Career   Captain

Place Of Birth   Lambeth, London England

Place Of Death   Zillebeke, Belgium

Buried/Location Ashes   Named on Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing, Ypres, Belgium (location unknown)


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone   Headstone   Plot/Grave no.   Panel 35, Column 5

Gazetted   18 February 1915

VC Presented   16 November 1916 by King George V at Buckingham Palace, London, England to his mother, Lucy


P  Named on the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium

P  Named on memorial at Garrison Church of St George, Whittington Barracks, Lichfield, Staffordshire

P  Memorial plaque at St Leonard’s parish church, Hythe, Kent

P  Named on Victoria Cross memorial, Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berkshire

P  Named on Victoria Cross oak panel, Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berkshire

P  Named on war memorial, Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berkshire

P  Victoria Cross Commemorative Paving Stone, St Mary at Lambeth Church Gardens, Lambeth, South London

P  Named on War Memorial, St Mary at Lambeth Church, Lambeth Palace Road, Lambeth, South London

By The Way…

A plaque used to exist at St Mary at Lambeth Church, the church is now a garden museum next to Lambeth Palace. It’s not known were the plaque has gone

VC Held By

Wellington College, Berkshire, England



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The First World War

Thank you to Jill Shepherd, librarian and archivist at Wellington College

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