Henry James Raby VC

Name: Henry James Raby

Conflict: Crimean War

Gazetted: February 24, 1857

Service: Royal Navy

Commander Raby RN credit be: Courtesy of the Lord Ashcroft Collection /  © IWM
Henry James Raby VC
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Place/date of birth: Boulogne, France/September 26, 1827

Rank when awarded VC (and later highest rank): Lieutenant (later Rear Admiral)

Date of bravery: June 18, 1855

London Gazette citation:

Henry James Raby, Commander.

On the 18th June, 1855, immediately after the assault on Sebastopol, a soldier of the 57th Regiment, who had been shot through both legs, was observed sitting up, and calling for assistance. Climbing over the breastwork of the advanced sap, Commander Raby and the two seamen proceeded upwards of seventy yards across the open space towards the salient angle of the Redan, and in spite of the heavy fire which was still continuing, succeeded in carrying the wounded soldier to a place of safety, at the imminent risk of their own lives.

(Letter from Sir S. Lushington, 7th June, 1856.)

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Other decorations: CB

Place/date of death: Southsea, Hampshire/February 13, 1907

Grave/memorials: Highland Road Cemetery, Portsmouth, Hampshire

Origin of VC to the Lord Ashcroft collection: Purchased privately, 2011

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