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Thomas Bernard Hackett
Thomas Bernard Hackett was an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
He was 21 years old, and a Lieutenant in the 23rd Regiment (later The Royal Welch Fusiliers) , British Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 18 November 1857 at Secundra Bagh, Lucknow, India, Lieutenant Hackett, with others (George Monger), rescued a corporal of the 23rd Regiment, who was lying wounded and exposed to very heavy fire. He also showed conspicuous bravery when, under heavy fire, he ascended the roof and cut the thatch of a bungalow to prevent its being set on fire.
He later achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
please update if you know where his medal is publicly displayed
- Irish Winners of the Victoria Cross (Richard Doherty & David Truesdale, 2000)
- Monuments To Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
- Location of grave and VC medal (Co. Tipperary, Ireland)
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