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Victoria Cross's

Below is a list of all the men of the Regiment who have won the Victoria Cross. Where possible I have provided a picture and information on how they won the award.

China 1860

Lieutenant Edmund Henry Lenon. V.C. 67th Regiment Taku Forts China.

On 21 August 1860 at the Taku Forts, China, Lieutenant Lenon, with a lieutenant Rogers, Royal Marines, and a private John McDougall of the 44th Regiment, displayed great gallantry in the ditches and entering the North Taku Fort by an embrasure during the assault. They were the first of the English troops established on the walls of the Fort.

Private Thomas Lane. V.C. 67th Regiment Taku Forts China.

On 21 August 1860 at the Taku Forts, China, Private Lane and a lieutenant Nathanial Burslem, of his regiment displayed great gallantry in swimming the ditches of the North Taku Fort and attempting,during the assault and before an entrance had been effected by anyone, to enlarge an opening in the wall, through which they eventually entered. In doing so, they were both severely wounded.

Lieutenant Nathaniel Burslem. V.C. 67th Regiment Tuka Forts, China.

On 21 August 1860 at the Taku Forts, China, Lieutenant Burslem and a private (LANE, T.) of his regiment displayed great gallantry in swimming the ditches of the North Taku Fort and attempting, during the assault and before an entrance had been effected by anyone, to enlarge an opening in the wall, through which they eventually entered. In doing so, they were both severely wounded. Later achieved rank of Captain.

Additional information:
BURSLEM, Nathaniel. (Reg. No.153.)
Lieutenant (later Captain) 67th Regiment (later The Royal Hampshire Regiment.)
Gazetted: 13th August 1861
Born: 2nd February 1838 at Limerick, Ireland
Died: ? 1865 by drowning in the River Thames in New Zealand. Memorials at: Not known. On 12th February 1858 Burslem joined the Army as an Ensign in the 67th Foot. He served throughout the China Campaign. He was the first Englishman to enter the fort at the storming of the Taku Fort and was wounded in three places. He was mentioned in Despatches. Lieutenant Burslem was also in attendance at the surrender of Pekin. He became a Captain on the 20th November 1860 and changed to the 60th Rifles. He sold his Commission in 1864 and retired.

Ensign John Worthy Chaplin. V.C. 67th Regiment Tuka Forts, China.

On 21 August 1860 at the Taku Forts, China, Ensign Chaplin was carrying the Queen's Colours of the Regiment and first planted the Colours on the breach made by the storming party, assisted by a private. He then planted the Colours on the bastion of the fort which he was the first to mount, but in doing so he was severely wounded.

World War 1

Second Lieutenant Montague Shadworth Seymour Moore. V.C. CROIX DE GUERRE. 15th Battalion (attached) sept, 20th 1917 Ypres

'For most conspicuous bravery in operations necessitating a fresh attack on a final objective which had not been captured. Second Lieutenant Moore at once volunteered for this duty, and dashed ahead of some seventy men. They were met with heavy machine gun fire from a flank which caused severe casualties, with the result that he arrived at his objective-some five hundred yards on-with only a sergeant and four men. Nothing daunted, he at once bombed a large dug out and took 28 prisoners, 2 machine guns, and a light field gun. Gradually more officers and men arrived, to number about sixty. His position was entirely isolated, as the troops on the right had not advanced, but he dug a trench and repelled bombing attacks through out the night. The next morning he was forced to retire a short distance. When the opportunity offered he at once reoccupied his position, re-armed his men with enemy rifles and bombs, most of theirs being smashed, and beat off more than one counterattack. He held his post under continual shell fire for thirty-six hours, until his force was reduced to ten men, out of six officers and one hundred and thirty men who had started the operation. He eventually got away his wounded, and withdrew under cover of a thick mist.

Second Lieutenant Denis George Wyldbore Hewitt V.C. 14th Battalion (attached) July, 31st, 1917 Ypres.

'For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty when in command of a company in attack. When his first objective had been captured he organized the company and moved forward towards his objective. While waiting for the barrage to lift he was hit by a piece of shell, which exploded the signal lights in his haversack, and set fire to equipment and clothes. Having extinguished the flames, in spite of his wound and the severe pain he was suffering, he led forward the remains of the company under very heavy machine gun fire, captured and consolidated his objective. He was subsequently killed by a sniper while inspecting the consolidation and encouraging his men.

Second Lieutenant George Raymond Dallas Moor V.C. M.C and Bar 2nd Battalion Gallipoli.

'For most conspicuous bravery and resource on June 5th 1915, during operations south of Krithia, Dardanelles. When a detachment of a battalion on his left, which had lost most of its officers, was rapidly retiring before a heavy Turkish attack, he immediately grasping the danger to the remainder of the line, dashed back some two hundred yards, stemmed the retirement, led back the men and recaptured the lost trench. He died of influenza at Mouveaux on November 3rd, 1918.

World War II

Major H.W. Le Patourel. V.C. 2nd Bn. Tebourba, North Africa.

"On the afternoon of 3rd December, 1942 the enemy had occupied an important high feature on the left of the company commanded by Major Le Patourel. This officer then personally led four volunteers under very heavy fire to the top in an last attempt to dislodge several enemy machine guns. The party was heavily engaged by machine gun fire and Major Le Patourel rallied his men several times and engaged the enemy, silencing several machine gun post. Finally, when the remainder of his party were killed or wounded, he went forward alone with a pistol and some grenades to attack the enemy machine guns at close quarters, and from this action he did not return.. Major Le Patourel's most gallant conduct and self sacrifice, his brilliant leadership and tenacious devotion to duty in the face of a determined enemy were beyond praise." He was awarded the V.C. Posthumously. Later it was learned that Major Le Patourel had been wounded and taken prisoner.

Captain R. Wakeford. V.C. 2/4th Bn. Cassino, Italy.

13 May 1944 near Cassino, Italy Capt. Wakeford accompanied only by his orderly and armed with a revolver went forward a killed several of the enemy and took twenty prisoners, his orderly being killed. When attacking a hill the following day his company came under heavy fire, although wounded in the face and both arms, Capt. Wakeford pressed home the attack, wounded again but reached the objective and consolidated his position.

Lieutenant G.R. Norton, V.C. M.M. 1/4 Bn.

31st August 1944 Lieutenant Norton led his platoon in an attack on one of the strong points which was constructed with well sited concrete emplacements, and it was soon pinned down by heavy machine gun fire from a valley on the right flank. On his own initiative Lt. Norton at once went forward alone and engaged a series of enemy positions in this valley. He attacked a machine gun post with a grenade, killing the crew of three; then, still alone moved forward to a position containing two machine guns and fifteen riflemen. After a fight lasting ten minutes he wiped out both machine guns with his tommy gun, and killed or took prisoner the rest. Throughout these engagements Lt. Norton was under direct fire from an enemy self propelled gun, and, still under fire from this gun, he led a party of men who had come forward against a house and cleared the cellar and upper rooms, taking several prisoners and putting the rest to flight. By this time he was wounded and weak from lost of blood, he went on calmly leading his troops up the valley and captured the remaining enemy positions. " Lieutenant Norton displayed matchless courage, outstanding initiative and inspiring leadership. By his supreme gallantry, fearless example and determined aggression, he assured the successful breach of the Gothic Line at this point.

Additional information:
G.R. Norton, VC was a member of the Kaffrarian Rifles (a South African unit now the Buffalo Volunteer Rifles) and won the MM as a Sgt before being seconded to the Hampshires in WW II. He returned to Rhodesia and was a successful farmer. farming Tobacco, maize, cotton and cattle until terrorists burnt him out in the 1970s The farm was rebuilt, and he carried on farming til his and wife Lilla's retirement in 1984. They went to live on daughter Jennifer's farm in the same area until recently (2002) when they were evicted because of all the land rights business going on at the moment. His wife Lilla died two years ago, and now Mr Norton lives in Harare with daughter Jenny and son in law. It is rumoured that all his medals were destroyed in the fire although I am unable to confirm this. Left is a picture I own of him on his 87th Birthday also signed by him.