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VC130   Robert Hope Moncrieff Aitken

BORN   6 February 1826

DIED   18 September 1887  AGE   61

VC Won  30 June-22 September 1857  AGE  31

Place VC Won  Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

War/Campaign  The Indian Mutiny

Name   Robert Hope Moncrieff Aitken   No.   

VC Issue No.   130   Awards   VC   CB

Regiment   13th Bengal Native Infantry

Later   13th (Shekhawati) Rajput Infantry

Now   Rajputana Rifles Indian Army

Rank VC Won   Lieutenant

Rank End Of Career   Colonel

Place Of Birth   Cupar, Fife, Scotland

Place Of Death   St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

Buried/Location Ashes  St Andrews Cathedral & Priory Cemetery, The Pends, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone   Headstone   Plot/Grave no.   

Gazetted   16 April 1863

VC Presented   May 1865 by Commander-in-Chief India, Sir Hugh Rose at the location of the VC action, Lucknow Redidency ruins, India


P  Headstone, St Andrews Cathedral & Priory Cemetery, The Pends, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

Memorial in Lucknow Residency grounds, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

By The Way…

Original VC sent to India for presentation was lost, it turned up for auction in 1900 at the request Mrs Judge, widow of Major Judge, 2nd (PWO) Gurkhas, being purchased in Simla, 1874, by direction of the War Office it was surrendered as Crown property

VC Held By

National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, England



VC 129 VC 131

At the siege of Lucknow, between 30th June and 22nd November1857, for numerous gallant deeds, including leading the defence of vital positions. Also for commanding the loyalty of native Sepoys

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