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Thomas de Courcy Hamilton
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Depiction of the Siege of Sebastopol
Born 20 July 1825
Died 3 March 1908 (aged 82)
Place of birth Stranraer, Scotland
Place of death Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Buried at Cheltenham Cemetery
Allegiance Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army British Army
Years of service 1842 - 1872
Rank Major-General
Unit 90th Regiment of Foot (Perthshire Volunteers)
68th Regiment of Foot
Commands held 64th Regiment of Foot
Battles/wars Crimean War
Awards Victoria Cross

Major-General Thomas de Courcy Hamilton VC (20 July 1825 – 3 March 1908) 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.

Joining the British Army as an ensign in the 90th Regiment of Foot (Perthshire Volunteers) in 1842, he exchanged into the 68th Regiment of Foot in 1848.


He was 27 years old, and a captain in the 68th Regiment of Foot (later The Durham Light Infantry), British Army during the Crimean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC due to his actions at Sebastopol.

"For having, on the night of the 11th May, 1855, during a most determined sortie, boldly charged the enemy, with a small force, from a battery of which they had obtained possession in great numbers, thereby saving the works from falling into the hands of the enemy. He was conspicuous on this occasion for his gallantry, and daring conduct".[1]

He retired from the army in 1872 as a Brevet colonel.

The medalEdit

The medal is held privately by descendants of Thomas de Courcy Hamilton.


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