|Died||10 June 1867 (aged 38-39)|
|Place of birth||Moneygall, Ireland|
|Place of death||Liverpool, England|
|Buried at||Anfield Cemetery, Liverpool|
|Allegiance||United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland|
|Unit||2nd Battalion, 1st Regiment of Foot|
Joseph Prosser VC (1828 – 10 June 1867) was an Irish 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.
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Prosser was born in Moneygall, King's County. He was approximately twenty seven years old, and a private in the 2nd Battalion, 1st Regiment (later The Royal Scots), British Army during the Crimean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 16 June 1855 at Sevastopol, Crimea, when on duty in the trenches, Private Prosser pursued and apprehended (while exposed to enemy cross-fire) a soldier in the act of deserting to the enemy. On 11 August he left the most advanced trench and helped to carry to safety a severely wounded soldier of the 95th Regiment who was unable to move. This act was performed under very heavy fire from the enemy.
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He died on 10 June 1869. Grave/memorial at Buried at Anfield C. of E. Cemetery, Liverpool, England. Section 14. Grave 389. Ref: CH-17-2124/Burial 8887. Headstone erected 1995. His Victoria Cross is owned (but not currently displayed) by the Royal Scots Museum in Edinburgh Castle, Scotland.
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Listed in order of publication year
- The Register of the Victoria Cross (1981, 1988 and 1997)
- Clarke, Brian D. H. (1986). "A register of awards to Irish-born officers and men". pp. 185–287.
- Irelands VCs ISBN 1-899243-00-3 (Dept of Economic Development 1995)
- Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- Irish Winners of the Victoria Cross (Richard Doherty & David Truesdale, 2000)
- Liverpool VCs (James Murphy, Pen and Sword Books, 2008)
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- Location of grave and VC medal (Liverpool)
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