Nowell Salmon VC

Name: Nowell Salmon

Conflict: Indian Mutiny

Gazetted: December 24, 1858

Service: Royal Navy

Nowell Salmon VC
Nowell Salmon Medals
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Place/date of birth: Swarraton, Hampshire/February 20, 1835

Rank when awarded VC (and later highest rank): Lieutenant (later Admiral of the Fleet and Sir)

Date of bravery: November 16, 1857

London Gazette citation [joint citation]:

Naval Brigade…Lieutenant (now Commander) Nowell Salmon. Date of Act of Bravery, 16th November, 1857.

For conspicuous gallantry at Lucknow, on the 16th of November, 1857, in climbing up a tree, touching the angle of the Shah Nujjiff, to reply to the fire of the enemy, for which most dangerous service, the late Captain Peel, K.C.B., had called for volunteers.

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Other decorations: GCB

Place/date of death: Southsea, Hampshire/February 14, 1912

Grave/memorials: St Peter’s Churchyard, Curdridge, Hampshire; St Ann’s Church, Portsmouth Dockyard, Hampshire

Origin of VC to the Lord Ashcroft collection: Purchased at auction, Spink, London, 2010

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