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William McBean
1 January 1818 – 23 June 1878
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Place of birth Inverness, Scotland
Place of death Shooter's Hill, London
Resting place Grange Cemetery, Edinburgh
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Major General
Unit 93rd Regiment of Foot
Battles/wars Crimean War
Indian Mutiny
Awards Victoria Cross

Major-General William McBean VC (1 January 1818 - 23 June 1878) 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 40 years old, and a lieutenant in the 93rd Regiment of Foot (later Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders - Princess Louise's), British Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed took place at Lucknow, India for which he was awarded the VC.

Lieutenant and Adjutant, (now Captain) William McBean

Date of Act of Bravery, llth March, 1858
For distinguished personal bravery in killing eleven of the enemy with his own hand in the main breach of the Begum Bagh at Lucknow, on the llth March, 1858.


Further information

He held every rank from private to major general.

The medal

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


  1. ^ London Gazette: no. 22212, p. 5515, 24 December 1858. Retrieved on 19 September 2009.

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