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VC88   Joseph Trewavas

BORN   14 December 1835

DIED   20 July 1905  AGE   69

VC Won  3 July 1855  AGE 19

Place VC Won  Sea of Azov

War/Campaign  Crimean War

Name   Joseph Trewavas  No.   

VC Issue No.   88   Awards   VC    CGM

Regiment   Royal navy



Rank VC Won   Seaman

Rank End Of Career  Able Seaman

Place Of Birth   Mousehole, cornwall, England

Place Of Death At his home, Dunbarton House, Dunbarton Terrace, Mousehole, Cornwall, England

Buried/Location Ashes  Old School Cemetery, Mousehole Lane, Paul Village, Mousehole, Cornwall


Date Buried/Cremated   25 July 1905

Headstone   Unmarked   Plot/Grave no.   Paupers grave, School Ground

Gazetted   24 February 1857

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


P  Plaque at St Pol de Leon Church, Paul Village, Mousehole, Cornwall (26 June 2002)

P  Plaque outside his home at Dunbarton House, Dunbarton Terrace, Mousehole, Cornwall (29 July 1988)

P  Photograph & plaque at Mousehole British Legion, Cornwall

By The Way…

He suffered from deep depression following paralysis which led him to cut his own throat with a blunt knife, dying the next day.

VC Held By

Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Morrab Road, Penzance, Cornwall, England



VC 87 VC 89

After one attempt to destroy a pontoon bridge failed, Joseph Trewavas, armed only with an axe, managed to slice the ropes holding the bridge together, the sections floating away. At the moment of success, he was badly wounded. He carried out the act under heavy fire

VC 87
VC 89

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