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Roderick McGregor
1824 ‚Äď 10 August 1888
Place of birth Dunain, Highland
Place of death Buntait, Highland
Resting place St. Mary's Churchyard, Drumnadrochit
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Corporal
Unit The Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own)
Battles/wars Crimean War
Indian Mutiny
Awards Victoria Cross
Medaille Militaire

Roderick McGregor VC (1824 -10 August 1888) 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 about 31 years old, and a private in the 1st Battalion, The Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own), British Army during the Crimean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

In July 1855 at the Quarries, Crimea, a bandsman going to fetch water from a well in front of the advanced trench, was killed. A number of men at once rushed out determined to drive the Russian riflemen from the pits which they occupied. Private McGregor and two others were the first to reach the Russians, whom they drove out, killing some. Private McGregor was employed as a sharpshooter in the advance trenches before Sebastopol. He crossed an open space under fire and, taking cover under a rock, dislodged two Russians who were occupying a rifle-pit.

The official citation was as follows:

For courageous conduct when employed as a sharpshooter in the advanced trenches in the month of July, 1855; a Rifle Pit was occupied by two Russians, who annoyed our troops by their fire. Private McGregor crossed the open space under fire, and taking cover under a rock, dislodged them, and occupied the pit.[1]

Further information

Grave and memorial located at St. Mary's Churchyard, Drumnadrochit (also known as Old Kilmore Churchyard) near Urquhart, Highland Region, Scotland. Headstone.

The medal

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Royal Green Jackets Museum (Winchester, England).


  1. ^ London Gazette: no. 21971, p. 662, 1857-02-24. Retrieved on 2008-06-18.

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