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Anthony Dickson Home
Birth: Nov. 30, 1826
Dunbar
East Lothian, Scotland
Death: Aug. 8, 1914
Kensington
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Greater London, England

British (Scottish) Victoria Cross recipient. Anthony Dickson Home was born in Dunbar, East Lothian, the son of a cordwainer (shoemaker). He was educated at St. Andrew's University and, in 1848, the year after his M.D., he joined the Army Medical Department as an Assistant Surgeon to the 3rd. West Indian Regiment. He served in the Crimean War (1854-5) with the 13th. Hussars, then, from 1855 to 1858, in India as Medical Officer to the 90th. Regiment of Foot. He received his Victoria Cross in recognition of an incident on the 26th. September 1857, during the Indian Mutiny. The troops under the command of Sir Henry Havelock were attempting to retake the Residency at Lucknow, and Surgeon Home was in charge of the wounded men left behind. Due to casualties, the escort in charge of the wounded was reduced to a small party. The mutineers forced the wounded and their escort into a small house, which the escort managed to defend until it was set on fire. They then retreated to a shed, which they managed to defend for twenty-two hours until they were relieved, by which point only six men and Surgeon Home remained capable of firing. All the four officers who were with the party were badly wounded, and three died of their wounds. Home's citation concluded: "The fact that the wounded were safe and the defence was successful was mainly attributable to his brave conduct throughout." (William Bradshaw, an assistant surgeon, received his V.C. in the same incident. He is buried at Thurles in County Tipperary, Ireland.) The year after the mutiny, Home married Jessey Hallett; they went on to have two sons and six daughters. After India, Home served in China (1860) and New Zealand (1860-63), before becoming the principal medical officer in the Ashantee War of West Africa (1873-4) and in Cyprus (1878-9). He was knighted in 1874 and, in 1880, was appointed as Surgeon General, a position he held for six years. He wrote one book, "Service Memoirs", published in 1912. Sir Anthony's Victoria Cross is on display at the Army Medical Services Museum in Aldershot. (bio by: Iain MacFarlaine) 
 
Burial:
Highgate Cemetery (West)
Highgate
London Borough of Camden
Greater London, England
Plot: Square 49, Grave No. 16593
 
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Originally Created by: Iain MacFarlaine
Record added: Mar 27, 2004
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- poddop
 Added: Aug. 8, 2015
Rest in peace old chap.
- derrick unwin
 Added: Feb. 11, 2015

- Just Patricia
 Added: Nov. 6, 2014
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