Everard Aloysius Lisle Phillipps VC

Name: Everard Aloysius Lisle Phillipps*

Conflict: Indian Mutiny

Gazetted: October 21, 1859 and January 15, 1907**

Service: Army

Everard Aloysius Lisle Phillipps VC
Everard Aloysius Lisle Phillipps VC Medals
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Place/date of birth: Coleorton, Leicestershire/May 28, 1835

Rank when awarded VC (and later highest rank): Ensign

Date of bravery: May 30 – September 18, 1857

London Gazette citations:

October 21, 1859:


Ensign Everard Aloysius Lisle Phillipps, of the 11th Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry, would have been recommended to Her Majesty for the decoration of the Victoria Cross, had he survived; for many gallant deeds which he performed during the Siege of Delhi, during which he was wounded, three times. At the assault of that city, he captured the Water Bastion, with a small party of men; and was finally killed in the streets of Delhi on the 18th of September.

January 15, 1907 [joint citation]:

The King has been graciously pleased to approve of the Decoration of the Victoria Cross being delivered to the representatives of the undermentioned Officers and men who fell in the performance of acts of valour, and with reference to whom it was notified in the London Gazette that they would have been recommended to Her late Majesty for the Victoria Cross had they survived:—

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Other decorations: N/A

Place/date of death: Delhi, India/September 18, 1857

Grave/memorials: Old Delhi Military Cemetery, India; Oscott College Chapel, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham

Origin of VC to the Lord Ashcroft collection: Purchased privately, 1999

Current location of VC: Displayed on rotation at The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes exhibition, Imperial War Museum

* The authenticity of this decoration has been questioned by some experts making it the only “unofficial” VC in Lord Ashcroft’s collection.

** Everard’s courage was initially noted in the London Gazette at a time when it was not permitted to be awarded the VC posthumously. He was awarded the VC in 1907 after an amendment of the rules.