Anthony Palmer

Military Person

1819 – 1892

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Who was Anthony Palmer?

Anthony Palmer 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 about 35 years old, and a private in the 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards, British Army during the Crimean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 5 November 1854 at the Battle of Inkerman, Crimea, Private Palmer, with two other men were the first to volunteer to go with Brevet Major Sir Charles Russell to dislodge a party of Russians from the Sandbag Battery. The attack succeeded. During this action Private Palmer shot down an assailant who was in the act of bayoneting Russell, and so saved his life. He was also one of a small band which, by a desperate charge against overwhelming numbers, saved the Colours of the battalion from capture.

His Victoria Cross is displayed at The Guards Regimental Headquarters, Wellington Barracks, London, England.

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Born
Mar 10, 1819
Brereton, Cheshire
Nationality
  • United Kingdom
Profession
Died
Dec 12, 1892
North Manchester General Hospital

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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