Thomas Arthur

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VC69 Thomas Arthur (real name McArthur)

BORN  1835

DIED   2 March 1902  AGE   67

VC Won  7 June 1855  AGE 20

Place VC Won  Sebastopol, Crimea

War/Campaign  Crimean War

Name   Thomas Arthur  No.   

VC Issue No.   69   Awards   VC    

Regiment   Royal Regiment of Artillery

Later   

Now   

Rank VC Won   Gunner & Driver

Rank End Of Career   Gunner & Driver

Place Of Birth   Abbotsham, Bideford, Devon, England

Place Of Death   Savernake, Wiltshire, England

Buried/Location Ashes  Savernake Christchurch, Cadley, near Marlborough, Wiltshire, England

Cremated

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

Memorials

P  Headstone, Savernake Christchurch, Cadley, near Marlborough, Wiltshire, England

(Savernake church was deconsecrated, is now a private house)

P  Named on memorial at Royal Artillery Chapel, Woolwich, London

P  Plaque by war memorial Abbotsham Nr Bideford, Devon


By The Way…

Real name McArthur

His VC was sold for £47 in 1902


VC Held By

Royal Artillery Regiment Museum, Old Royal Military Academy, Red Lion Lane, Woolwich, London, England

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Even though he was in the artillery and was on duty at a magazine, he left his post to carry ammunition to the infantry after an attack on the quarries, whilst under heavy fire. He also formed part of a spiking party at the assault on the redan.



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