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Gerald Goodlake
14 May 1832 - 5 April 1890
Gerald Goodlake.jpg
Colonel Goodlake in 1854
Place of birth Wadley, Faringdon, England
Place of death Denham, Buckinghamshire
Resting place St Mary the Virgin Churchyard, Harefield
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant-General
Unit Coldstream Guards
Battles/wars Crimean War
Awards Victoria Cross
Légion d'honneur

Lieutenant General Gerald Littlehales Goodlake VC (14 May 1832 Faringdon - 5 April 1890 Denham) 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.

Early life

Gerald Goodlake was the son of Thomas Goodlake of Wadley at Faringdon in Berkshire (now Oxfordshire) and his wife, Emilia Maria, the daughter of Sir Edward Baker, bart. of Radstone in Dorset. He was commissioned into the 21st Regiment of Foot on 14 June 1850. He exchanged (by purchase) into the Coldstream Guards on 27 June 1851. He served in the Crimea with the 1st Battalion, and also with the Sharpshooter which he commanded. He took part in the battles of Alma, Inkerman, Balaclava and Sevastopol.

Victoria Cross

He was 22 years old, and a Brevet Major in the Coldstream Guards, British Army during the Crimean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 28 October 1854 at Inkerman, Crimea, Major Goodlake was in command of a party of sharpshooters which held Windmill Ravine against a much larger force of the enemy, killing 38 (including an officer) and taking three prisoners. He also showed conspicuous gallantry on a later occasion when his sharpshooters surprised a picquet and seized the knapsacks and rifles of the enemy.

He later achieved the rank of Lieutenant-General.

His Victoria Cross is displayed at The Guards Regimental Headquarters (Grenadier Guards RHQ) in London, England.

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