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VC07   James McKechnie

BORN  June 1826

DIED   05 July 1886  AGE   60

VC Won 20 September 1854  AGE 28

Place VC Won  Battle of the Alma, Crimea

War/Campaign  Crimean War

Name   James McKechnie   No.   3234            

VC Issue No.   7   Awards   VC

Regiment   Scots (Fusilier) Guards


Now   Scots Guards

Rank VC Won   Sergeant

Rank End Of Career   Sergeant

Place Of Birth   High Church, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland

Place Of Death   Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Buried/Location Ashes  Eastern Necropolis, Gallowgate, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland


Date Buried/Cremated     06 July 1886    

Headstone   Headstone   Plot/Grave no.   Section 19, Common Ground

Gazetted 24 February 1857

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


P  Headstone, Eastern Necropolis, Gallowgate, Glasgow

P  Name on Victoria Cross memorial stone, Hawkhead cemetery, Paisley, Glasgow

P  Glasgow Victoria Cross memorial, Glasgow Cathedral, Glasgow (Not named)

By The Way…

New headstone erected 2007

VC Held By

Scots Guards, Guards Museum, Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, London, England



VC 6 VC 8

As sergeant in the Scots Fusilier Guards he rallied his men around the colours, the Queens colours being waved by Captain Lindsay, thus helping to steady the line until he was wounded at the Battle of Alma.

VC 6
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Thank you to Michael, Kate & Ruth Pagan for photos of Hawhead memorial and Glasgow VC memorial and James McKechnie grave

Crimean War