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Valentine Bambrick
Birth: Apr. 13, 1837
Death: Apr. 1, 1864

British Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He was born in Cawnpore in India, although his parents came from Stepney in East London. On May 6, 1858, during the Indian Mutiny, he was serving as a Private in the 1st Batallion, 60th Regiment (which, later, became the King's Royal Rifle Corps), when he was attacked in a hostel by three Ghazees, or Muslim fanatics. Although he was wounded twice, he managed to cut down one of them, and was one of the first to be awarded the Victoria Cross, which had been inaugurated two years earlier. Unfortunately, after he was invalided out of the service, his fortunes declined. In 1863, after his arrival in England, he was imprisoned for theft and his medal was confiscated. The following year, he hanged himself in Pentonville Prison, becoming one of eight Victpria Cross recipients to have his award forfeited and one of sixteen to commit suicide. He was buried in St. Pancras and Islington Cemetery in an unmarked grave, the location of which is not known, but a plaque to his memory is due to be unveiled later in 2002 in the chapel in the cemetery. (bio by: Iain MacFarlaine) 

Cause of death: Suicide by hanging
 
Burial:
St Pancras Cemetery
East Finchley
London Borough of Barnet
Greater London, England
Plot: Buried in an unmarked grave, the location of which is not known.
 
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Originally Created by: Iain MacFarlaine
Record added: Apr 29, 2002
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Valentine Bambrick
Added by: Iain MacFarlaine
 
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