Henry Curtis

Henry Curtis

Birth
Romsey, Test Valley Borough, Hampshire, England
Death 23 Nov 1896 (aged 73)
Southsea, Portsmouth Unitary Authority, Hampshire, England
Burial Portsmouth, Portsmouth Unitary Authority, Hampshire, England
Plot Plot 81, Row 10, Line 22
Memorial ID 10840321 · View Source
Suggest Edits

British Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Romsey, Hampshire, he became a Boatswain's Mate in the Royal Navy. On the June 18, 1855, during the Crimean War, immediately after the asault on Sebastapol, a soldier of the 57th Regiment was wounded in both legs and was sitting up and crying for help. At once, Henry Curtis, along with Henry Raby and John Taylor left the shelter of their battery works and ran forwards for seventy yards, across enemy ground, through heavy gunfire.They succeeded in carrying the wounded man to safety. All three were awarded the Victoria Cross; unfortunately, John Taylor died on the day after the award was gazetted, but Curtis and Raby were decorated by Queen Victoria on the June 28, 1857 in Hyde Park, in the very first presentation of the Victoria Cross. Henry Curtis died 39 years later, at his home in Buckland, near Portsmouth. On April 27, 1999, Henry Curtis' Medal was sold at Spink's auction house in London for £35,000. The name of the successful bidder was not revealed.

Bio by: Iain MacFarlaine


Advertisement

Plan a visit to Kingston Cemetery?

Advertisement

Advertisement

How famous was Henry Curtis?

Current rating:

25 votes

Sign-in to cast your vote.

  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Iain MacFarlaine
  • Added: 23 Apr 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10840321
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Curtis (21 Dec 1822–23 Nov 1896), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10840321, citing Kingston Cemetery, Portsmouth, Portsmouth Unitary Authority, Hampshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .