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VC10   Francis Wheatley

BORN  1822

DIED   21 May 1865  AGE   43

VC Won 12 October 1854  AGE 32

Place VC Won  Sebastopol, Crimea

War/Campaign  Crimean War

Name   Francis Wheatley   No.              

VC Issue No.   10   Awards   VC   DCM

Regiment   2nd Battalion The (Prince Consorts Own) Rifle Brigade

Later   Royal Green Jackets

Now   2nd and 4th Battalions The Rifles

Rank VC Won   Private

Rank End Of Career   Private

Place Of Birth   Ruddington, Nottinghamshire, England

Place Of Death   Westminster Hospital, Westminster, London, England

Buried/Location Ashes  Brompton Cemetery, Old Brompton Road, West Brompton, London, England


Date Buried/Cremated     30 May 1865    

Headstone   Headstone   Plot/Grave no.   Section B, Common grave 41.3 x 282.0

Gazetted 24 February 1857

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


P  Headstone Brompton cemetery, SW6 London

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

P  Named on Nottinghamshire VC memorial, Nottingham castle grounds

P  Wheatley Close, Ruddington, Nottinghamshire

By The Way…

Headstone erected 30 March 2001, funded by the Royal Green Jackets

VC Held By

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



VC 9 VC 11

Serving as a private in the Rifle Brigade, he was in the trenches before Sebastopol, when a live shell landed in a crowded trench. He tried to knock out the fuse with his rifle butt, when that failed, he picked it up and threw it to safety, thus saving many lives.

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