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George Vincent Fosbery VC (1833 - 8 May 1907) was an English 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.



He was about 30 years old, and a lieutenant in the 4th Bengal European Regiment, British Indian Army during the Umbeyla Campaign during which he was awarded the Victoria Cross. He retired from the service in 1877 having achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.[1]


Umbeyla Campaign

On 30 October 1863 during the Umbeyla Campaign, North-West India, Lieutenant Fosbery led a party of his regiment to recapture the Crag Picquet, after its garrison had been driven in by the enemy and 60 of them killed. The approach to the Crag was very narrow but the lieutenant led his party with great coolness, and was the first man to gain the top of the Crag from his side of the attack. Subsequently, when the commanding officer was wounded, Lieutenant Fosbery assembled a party and pursued the routed enemy, inflicting on them further losses.

Further information

  • Sometime in the late 19th century he invented the Paradox gun.[1] A gun made by Holland & Holland, so named because only the front two inches of the barrel were rifled; intended to be used as both rifle and shotgun.
  • In 1997, Fosbery's Victoria Cross was sold at an Alberta auction for $45,000 to an unidentified buyer.


  1. ^ a b "LIEUT. COL. FOSBERY DEAD" (PDF), New York Times (original obituary archived on website), May 9, 1907,, retrieved 2008-12-03  

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