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VC31   Thomas Beach

BORN  January 1824

DIED   24 August 1864  AGE   40

VC Won  5 November 1854  AGE 30

Place VC Won  Inkerman, Crimea

War/Campaign  Crimean War

Name   Thomas Beach   No.             

VC Issue No.   31   Awards   VC   

Regiment   55th Regiment

Later   The Border Regiment

Now   The Duke Of Lancaster’s Regiment

Rank VC Won   Private

Rank End Of Career   Private

Place Of Birth   Dundee, Tayside, Scotland

Place Of Death   Royal Infirmary, Dundee, Tayside, Scotland

Buried/Location Ashes  Eastern Necropolis, Arbroath Road, Dundee, Tayside, Scotland


Date Buried/Cremated   26 August 1864

Headstone   Unmarked Grave   Plot/Grave no.   Section H, Lair 857, Poor Ground

Gazetted   24 February 1857

VC Presented   July 1857, GOC Gibraltar, Lieutenant-General Sir J Fergusson, Gibraltar


P  Named on bench at Eastern Necropolis, Arbroath Road, Dundee, Scotland (17 May 2003)

P  Border Regiment Victoria Cross memorial, Carlisle Cathedral, Carlisle, Cumbria

By The Way…

Originally part of the collection of the Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupendra Singh and bequeathed to people of the Punjab by his son Maharaja Yadavindra Singh

VC Held By

Sheesh Mahal Museum, Patialla, India



VC 30 VC 32

When on picquet duty, he attacked several Russians who were attacking a lieutenant-colonel who was lying wounded on the floor. He killed two, and kept the others at bay until help arrived.

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