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VC49   Claud Thomas Bourchier

BORN  22 April 1831

DIED   19 November 1877  AGE   46

VC Won  20 November 1854  AGE 23

Place VC Won  Sebastopol, Crimea

War/Campaign  Crimean War

Name   Claud Thomas Bourchier   No.   

VC Issue No.   49   Awards   VC    

Regiment   Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own), 1st Battalion

Later   Royal Green Jackets

Now   2nd and 4th Battalions The Rifles

Rank VC Won   Lieutenant

Rank End Of Career   Colonel

Place Of Birth   Brayford, near Barnstaple, Devon, England

Place Of Death   At the lodging house he owned, 38 Brunswick Road, Hove, Sussex, England

Buried/Location Ashes  St Andrew's Churchyard, The Street, Buxton, Norfolk, England


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


P  Headstone St Andrew's Churchyard, The Street, Buxton, Norfolk

P  Memorial window at St Margaret's, Felthorpe, Norfolk

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

By The Way…

At the first investiture of the cross, 62 VC’s were awarded, Claud Bourchier was the last to receive his

VC Held By

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



VC 48 VC 50

With the Rifle Brigade they were ordered to take some rifle pits from the Russians. They took them in a night attack and kept them after repeated counter attacks until they were relieved next day.

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