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George Sellar
File:George Sellar VC.jpg
Born 1850
Died 1 November 1889 (aged 38-39)
Place of birth Keith, Banffshire
Place of death Lairg, Sutherland
Buried at Lairg Cemetery
Allegiance Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army British Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit 72nd Regiment of Foot
Battles/wars Second Anglo-Afghan War
1882 Anglo-Egyptian War
Awards Victoria Cross

George Sellar VC (1850 – 1 November 1889) was a Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.


Sellar was approximately 39 years old, and a lance corporal in the 72nd Regiment of Foot (later The Seaforth Highlanders - Ross-shire Buffs, Duke of Albany's), British Army during the Second Anglo-Afghan War when the following deed took place on 14 December 1879 at the Asmai Heights, near Kabul, Afghanistan for which he was awarded the VC:

For conspicuous gallantry displayed by him at the assault on the Asmai Heights, round Kabul, on the 14th December, 1879, in having in a marked manner led the attack, under a heavy fire, and, dashing on in front of the party up the slope, engaged in a desperate conflict with an Afghan who sprang out to meet him. In this encounter Lance-Corporal Sellar was severely wounded.[1]

Further informationEdit

He later achieved the rank of sergeant. He is buried at Lairg Cemetery, Sutherland, Scotland.

The medalEdit

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Regimental Museum of The Queens Own Highlanders, Fort George, Highland, Scotland.


  1. The London Gazette: no. 25027. p. 5140. 18 October 1881. Retrieved 18 October 2009.

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