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Euston Henry Sartorius
6 June 1844 – 19 February 1925
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Place of birth Citra, Portugal
Place of death Chelsea, London
Resting place St Peter and St Paul's Churchyard, Ewhurst
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Major General
Unit 59th Regiment of Foot
East Lancashire Regiment
Battles/wars Second Anglo-Afghan War
1882 Anglo-Egyptian War
Awards Victoria Cross
Order of the Bath
Relations Admiral of the Fleet Sir George Rose Sartorius (father)
Major General Reginald William Sartorius VC (brother)

Major General Euston Henry Sartorius VC, CB (6 June 1844 - 19 February 1925) was a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. His brother Reginald was also awarded the VC.



He was 35 years old, and a captain in the 59th Regiment of Foot (later The East Lancashire Regiment), British Army, during the Second Anglo-Afghan War when the following deed took place on 24 October 1879 at Shahjui, Afghanistan for which he was awarded the VC:

For conspicuous bravery during the action at Sliah-jui, on the 24th October, 1879, in leading a party of five or six men of the 59th Regiment against a body of the enemy, of unknown strength, occupying an almost inaccessible position on the top of a precipitous hill. The nature of the ground made any sort of regular formation impossible, and Captain Sartorius had to bear the first brunt of the attack from the whole body of the enemy, who fell upon him and his men as they gained the top of the precipitous pathway; but the gallant and determined bearing of this Officer, emulated as it was by his men, led to the most perfect success, and the surviving occupants of the hill top, seven in number, were all killed. In this encounter Captain Sartorius was wounded by sword cuts in both hands, and one of his men was killed.[1]

Further information

His father was Admiral of the Fleet Sir George Rose Sartorius and his brother was Major General Reginald William Sartorius VC.

He also served in the 1882 Anglo-Egyptian War and was mentioned in despatches. He later was appointed as Military Attache in Japan. He was awarded the Bronze Medal of the Royal Humane Society for saving the lives of three girls from drowning at Broadstairs on June 29th 1869.[2]

The medal

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the National Army Museum, Chelsea, London.


  1. ^ London Gazette: no. 24973, p. 2553, 17 May 1881. Retrieved on 19 October 2009.
  2. ^ History of the Victoria Cross

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