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Thomas de Courcy Hamilton VC (19 July 1825 - 3 March 1908) was a Scottishmarker 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.

Joining the British Army as a ensign in the 90th Regiment of Foot in 1842, he exchanged into the 68th Regiment of Foot in 1848.


He was 27 years old, and a captain in the 68th Regiment of Foot (later The Durham Light Infantry), British Army during the Crimean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC due to his actions at Sebastopol.

"For having, on the night of the llth May, 1855, during a most determined sortie, boldly charged the onemy, with a small force, from a battery of which they had obtained possession in great numbers, thereby saving the works from falling into the hands of the enemy. He was conspicuous on this occasion for his gallantry, and daring conduct".

He retired from the army in 1872 as a Brevet colonel.

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The medal is held privately by descendants of Thomas de Courcy Hamilton.


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