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VC02   John Bythesea

BORN  15 June 1827

DIED   18 May 1906  AGE 78

VC Won 9 August 1854   AGE 27

Place VC Won  Baltic Sea

War/Campaign  Crimean War

Name   John Bythesea   No.              

VC Issue No.   2   Awards   VC   CB   CIE

Regiment   Royal Navy



Rank VC Won   Lieutenant

Rank End Of Career   Rear Admiral

Place Of Birth   Freshford, near Bath, Somerset, England

Place Of Death   22 Ashburn Place, South Kensington, London, England

Buried/Location Ashes   Bath Abbey Cemetery, Prior Park Road, Bath, Somerset, England


Date Buried/Cremated          

Headstone    Headstone     Plot/Grave no.  Section 3, K 19-20  

Gazetted   24 February 1857

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


P  Headstone at Bath Abbey Cemetery, Bath

P  Plaque at Freshford Church, near Bath

P  SomersetBythesea Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire

P  Named on memorial stone, Bomarsund, South West Finland

By The Way…

The family legend has it an early ancestor was found washed up BY THE SEA

VC Held By

The Lord Ashcroft collection I.W.M



VC 1 VC 3 Crimean War

Serving as a lieutenant on H.M.S. Arrogant he was sent ashore on Wardo Island which is in the Baltic Sea. Together with William Johnstone they ambushed five Russians delivering vital dispatches, whilst only having one gun between them.

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