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John Smith
1822 - 6 May 1866
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Place of birth London, England
Place of death Tanjore, British India
Resting place Taujore Cemetery, Trichinopoly
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Madras Army
Rank Private
Unit 1st Madras European Fusiliers
Battles/wars Indian Mutiny
Awards Victoria Cross

Private John Smith VC 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 born in London 1822, enlisted in the 1st Madras European Fusiliers 1841, He was awarded the Victoria Cross for action on 16 November 1857 at the Siege of Lucknow. His citation read:

For being one of the first to try and enter the gateway on the north side of Secundra Bagh. On the gateway being burst open, he was one of the first to enter, and was surrounded by the enemy. He received a sword-cut on the head, a bayonet wound on the left side, and a contusion from the butt-end of a musket on the right shoulder, notwithstanding which he fought his way out, and continued to perform his duties for the rest of the day.


Smith was discharged on pension in 1861 and died on 6 May 1866 at Tanjore, India.


  1. ^ London Gazette: no. 22212, p. 5515, 24 December 1858. Retrieved on 19 September 2009.
  • Chris Kempton Valour and Gallantry: H.E.I.C.& Indian Army Victoria Crosses & George Crosses 1856- 1946

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