Thomas Bernard Hackett VC

Name: Thomas Bernard Hackett

Conflict: Indian Mutiny

Gazetted: April 12, 1859

Service: Army

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Thomas Bernard Hackett VC
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Place/date of birth: Riverstown, Co Tipperary, Ireland/June 15, 1836

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

Date of bravery: November 18, 1857

London Gazette citation:

23rd Regiment. Lieutenant (now Captain) Thomas Bernard Hackett. Date of Act of Bravery, 18th November, 1857.

For daring gallantry at Secundra Bagh, Lucknow, on the 18th November, 1857, in having with others, rescued a Corporal of the 23rd Regiment, who was lying wounded and exposed to very heavy fire. Also, for conspicuous bravery, in having, under a heavy fire, ascended the roof, and cut down the thatch of a Bungalow, to prevent its being set on fire. This was a most important service at the time.

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Other decorations: N/A

Place/date of death: Arrabeg, King’s County (now Co Offaly), Ireland/October 5, 1880

Grave/memorials: Lockeen Churchyard, Borrisokane, Co Tipperary, Ireland

Origin of VC to the Lord Ashcroft collection: Purchased at auction, Sotheby’s, Billingshurst, West Sussex, 1997

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