Tirah Campaign. A Victoria Cross winner wearing his gallantry award


Lance – Corporal Vickery, V. C. – Escort and Reception Committee. July 14th 1898. A 10 x 8 ins group portrait on photographer’s card of F Higgins & Son, Holyrood St, Chard, later mounted on a thicker backing card [15 x 13¾ ins]. Samuel Vickery of the Dorsetshire Regiment is shown in uniform in the centre. The three uniformed men in the rear row presumably form the Escort and they are from the Somerset Light Infantry Chard is in south Somerset. One of the illustrations shows Vickery’s entry in Philip A Wilkins The History of the Victoria Cross [Constable 1904].    Oct13/2

Samuel Vickery [1873 – 1952] was serving with the Dorsetshire Regt in the Tirah campaign on the North West Frontier of India, winning his Victoria Cross on October 20th 1897 when he rescued a wounded soldier during the storming of the Dargai Heights, an action immortalised in an oil painting now in the Gordon Highlanders’ Museum. Later, with Brigadier-General Kempster’s column, he became separated from his company and was attacked by three of the enemy, all of whom he killed. Whilst recovering from wounds in a military hospital near Southampton he received his award from Queen Victoria in person. The photograph cannot have been taken very long after this event. He resumed his military career and served with distinction in the Boer War at the end of the century before retiring just before WW1.

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