Click below for full citation

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Stumble Upon Share on Tumblr Share on Reddit Share on Digg Share via e-mail Print
 Home A-Z Index Number Search Contact Us

VC77   Sir Howard Craufurd Elphinstone

BORN   12 December 1829

DIED   8 March 1890  AGE   60

VC Won  18 June 1855  AGE  25

Place VC Won  Sebastopol, Crimea

War/Campaign  Crimean War

Name   Sir Howard Craufurd Elphinstone   No.   

VC Issue No.   77   Awards   VC    KCB   CMG   CB

Regiment   Corps of Royal Engineers



Rank VC Won   Lieutenant

Rank End Of Career   Major-General

Place Of Birth   "Kumenhof" near Sunzel (now Suntaži), 30 north east of Riga, Livonia (now Latvia)

Place Of Death   Near Ushant, Bay of Biscay,

Buried/Location Ashes  Lost at sea, 22 miles off the isle of Ushant, Bay of Biscay, France


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone      Plot/Grave no.   

Gazetted   02 June 1858

VC Presented   02 August 1858 by Queen Victoria, Southsea Common, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England


P  Brass plaque, memorial window & named on wife's memorial plaque, Stuart Chapel & altar frontal made by his daughter in memory of him, his wife and grandson, Parish Church of St Anne, Bagshot, Surrey

P  Memorial at Exeter Cathedral, Devon

P  Memorial Window, Cathedral Of St Michael And St George R.C. Garrison Church, Aldershot, Hampshire

P  Locomotive nameplate at the Museum of Army Transport, Flemingate, Beverley, North Humberside (duplicate at Royal Engineers Museum, Brompton Barracks, Prince Arthur Road, Chatham, Kent)

P  Named on 'For Valour' board at the Royal Engineers Museum, Brompton Barracks, Prince Arthur Road, Chatham, Kent

P  Albert Barracks, built in the grounds of Osbourne House, Isle Of Wight, under Sir Howards supervision

Memorial at St George's Garrison Church, Aldershot, Hampshire

Plaque at Devonport Chapel, Devon

By The Way…

Whilst walking on deck he slipped, hit his head and fell overboard.

He was the governor and tutor to prince Arthur third son of Queen Victoria.

"Kumenhof" was his family's country retreat, Livonia is now Latvia and not Lithuania.

He was Aide-de-Camp to Queen Victoria.

VC Held By

The Lord Ashcroft collection I.W.M



VC 76 VC 78

After an attack on the Redan he volunteered to go back out to bring back the scaling ladders. Whilst doing this he also rescued twenty wounded soldiers from under the Russians noses and brought them back to the trenches

VC 76
VC 78
Crimean War