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General Sir Dighton MacNaughton Probyn VC, GCB, GCSI, GCVO, ISO (21 January 1833 - 20 June 1924) born in Londonmarker, he was an Englishmarker recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to Britishmarker and Commonwealth forces.

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He was 24 years old, and a captain in the 2nd Punjab Cavalry, Bengal Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deeds took place for which he was awarded the VC:

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Later Sir Dighton achieved the rank of general. He was in later life an ornament of the Victorian age, being Keeper of the Privy Purse, a court sinecure position as well as Secretary to the Prince of Wales and Comptroller of the Household. This was an important position as the Prince and Princess were both profligate in spending and Sir Dighton had a hard job to keep them solvent. Testimony to his success was the fact that, when the Prince acceded at last in 1901, he was in credit at the bank. Probyn continued in this role throughout the King's rule and right up to his death.

Probyn was totally devoted to the Princess, then Queen-Empress, building gardens for her at Windsor Castlemarker and Sandringham House‎. The Queen returned the devotion, carrying round a knife with her to cut open his collar when he occasionally had seizures.

Probyn's Horse, a regiment of the Indian Army was named after him.

Sir Dighton had an impressive appearance in old age with a very long white beard reaching down to his navel which concealed his VC on ceremonial occasions.
  • A colour portrait of Probyn is included in Kings, Queens & Courtiers, Kenneth Rose, Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1985 ISBN 0 297 78733 0


The medal

The VC earned by General Sir Dighton MacNaughton Probyn, according to the London Times, was bought at auction September 24, 2005 for £160,000. Details of the purchaser were not given.

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