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VC17   Alexander Roberts Dunn

BORN  15 September 1833

DIED   25 January 1868  AGE   34

VC Won  25 October 1854  AGE 21

Place VC Won  Balaclava, Crimea (Charge of the Light Brigade)

War/Campaign  Crimean War

Name   Alexander Roberts Dunn   No.              

VC Issue No.   17   Awards   VC   

Regiment   11th Hussars (Prince Albert's Own Regiment of Light Dragoons), F Troop


Now   King's Royal Hussars

Rank VC Won   Lieutenant

Rank End Of Career   Colonel

Place Of Birth   Dunstable, York (now Toronto), Ontario, Canada

Place Of Death   Senafe, Eritrea

Buried/Location Ashes  Military Cemetery, Senafe (2004 possible plans to return body to Canada?), Eritrea


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


Headstone Military Cemetery, Senafe, Eritrea (refurbished 2010)

P  Named on Regimental Memorial, Duke of Wellington's Regimental Chapel, York Minster, Yorkshire

Toronto, Ontario, Canada: portrait by Chevalier Desanges at Upper Canada College, plaque at Clarence Square, near Spadina Avenue, plaque in park downtown

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: portrait based on Desanges original by Robert S Hyndman at Army HQ Officer's Mess, battlefield chair, sword and scabbard at the Canadian War Musuem

National Army Museum repainted 10 London taxi's during October 2004

By The Way…

First native-born Canadian, the only officer in the Charge of the Light Brigade and only cavalry officer in the entire Crimea campaign to be awarded the VC

First Canadian to command a British regiment and youngest colonel in the British Army

During a hunting expedition he was trying to uncork a brandy flask his shot gun slipped between his legs and both barrels went off, hitting the right side of his chest (33rd Regiments official version of death)

VC Held By

Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (on loan from Upper Canada College, Toronto)



VC 16 VC 18

Having charged with the Light Brigade he returned into the fight to save the life of a sergeant who was surrounded by Russian Dragoons. Moments later he repeated this feat saving the life of a private.

VC Ephemera

VC 16
VC 18
Crimean War