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John Paton
23 December 1833 – 1 April 1914
Victoria Cross Medal without Bar.png
Place of birth Stirling, Scotland
Place of death Summer Hill, New South Wales, Australia
Resting place Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit 93rd Regiment of Foot
Battles/wars Crimean War
Indian Mutiny
Awards Victoria Cross
Other work Prison Governor

John Paton VC (23 December 1833 – 1 April 1914) was a Scottish 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 23 years old, and a sergeant in the 93rd Regiment of Foot (later The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's), British Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed took place at the Siege of Lucknow for which he was awarded the VC:

For distinguished personal gallantry at Lucknow, on the 16th of November, 1857, in proceeding alone round the Shah Nujjiff under an extremely heavy-fire, discovering a breach on the opposite side, to which he afterwards conducted the Regiment, by which means that important position was taken.

Elected by the non-commissioned officers of the Regiment.


He emigrated to Australia in 1861 becoming a Prison Governor.[2]

The medal

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum, Stirling Castle, Scotland.


  1. ^ London Gazette: no. 22212, p. 5514, 24 December 1858. Retrieved on 19 September 2009.
  2. ^ Australian Dictionary of Biography

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