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George Vincent Fosbery
Birth: Apr. 11, 1832
Stert
Wiltshire, England
Death: May 8, 1907
Bath
Somerset, England

Inventor, Umbeyla (or Ambela) Campaign Victoria Cross Recipient. He was gazetted for the award on July 7, 1865 for his actions as a lieutenant in the 4th Bengal European Regiment, British Indian Army, on October 30, 1863 at Crag Picquet in British North-West India during the Umbeyla Campaign. The son of an Episcopal priest, he received his education at Eton College in Eton, Berkshire, England, graduating in 1850. In 1852 he joined the British Bengal Army and was commissioned a lieutenant. He was stationed in British India where he participated in the Umbeyla Campaign and won the Victoria Cross for gallantry. In 1877 he retired from the Army at the rank of lieutenant colonel. In 1896 he patented a design for a self-cocking revolver (with either a 6-round or 8-round cylinder) that was first manufactured in 1901 by the Webley and Scott Company and issued to airmen in the British Royal Naval Air Service during World War I. He died at the age of 75. In addition to the Victoria Cross, he received the India General Service Medal (with Umbeyla clasp). His Victoria Cross citation reads: "Late 4th Bengal European Regiment. Lieutenant (now Captain) George Vincent Fosbery, Date of Act of Bravery, October 30th, 1863. For the daring and gallant manner in which, on the 30th of October, 1863, acting as a Volunteer at the time, he led a party of his Regiment to re-capture the Crag Picquet, after its Garrison had been driven in by the Enemy, on which occasion sixty of them were killed in desperate hand to hand fighting. From the nature of the approach to the top of the Crag amongst the large rocks, one or two men only could advance at one time; and "whilst I ascended one path," relates Lieutenant-Colonel Keyes, C.B., commanding the 1st Punjab Infantry, "I directed Lieutenant Fosbery, of the late 4th European Regiment, to push up another at the head of a few men. He led this party with the greatest coolness and intrepidity, and was the first man to gain the top of the Crag on his side of the attack." Subsequently, Lieutenant-Colonel Keyes being wounded, Lieutenant Fosbery assembled a party with which he pursued the routed enemy in the direction of the Lalloo ridge, inflicting on them further loss and confirming possession of the post." His Victoria Cross and India General Service Medal are on display in the Lord Ashcroft Collection at the British Imperial War Museum in London, England. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
 
Burial:
St Marys Cemetery
Bath
Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority
Somerset, England
 
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Record added: Sep 03, 2003
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George Vincent Fosbery
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George Vincent Fosbery
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Thank you for your courage and valor in time of battle. May you rest in peace.
- William Bjornstad
 Added: Oct. 26, 2015
Rest in peace old chap.
- derrick unwin
 Added: Jun. 27, 2015

- James Snow
 Added: May. 8, 2015
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