Pte Thomas Beach VC

3493 Private Thomas Beach VC

Born in Dundee in January 1824 (although another source states born in 1828), Private Thomas Beach VC transferred from the 91st Highlanders to the 55th Foot at Gibraltar where the 55th were based there from March 1851 until embarking for the Crimea in May 1854.

Thomas Beach VC was awarded the VC for gallantry at the Battle of Inkerman on 5th November 1854 – “For conspicuous gallantry at the Battle of Inkerman, 5th November 1854, when on picket, in attacking several Russians, who were plundering Lieutenant-Colonel Carpenter, 41st Regiment, who was lying wounded on the ground. He killed two of the Russians and protected Colonel Carpenter until the arrival of some men of the 41st Regiment” – citation published in the London Gazette of 24 February 1857.

In fact “Beach attacked five Russians who were stabbing at Carpenter with their bayonets” – General Hume.

Presumably he was one of those presented with his VC by Queen Victoria at the investiture at Hyde Park, London in 1857.

He died at Dundee on 24 August 1864.

Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required

Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life uses the email marketing website MailChimp to manage email newsletters and marketing. By signing up to the newsletter, you are agreeing to the following:

Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life will never pass contact details on to any other third parties and all contact details will only be used to get in touch with subscribers directly.

If you wish to unsubscribe at any time, you can contact the Museum, or simply select ‘Unsubscribe’ at the bottom of any previous newsletter.

error: Content is protected