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Alfred Ablett
Depiction of the Siege of Sebastopol
Born (1830-08-03)August 3, 1830
Died March 12, 1897(1897-03-12) (aged 66)
Place of birth Weybread, Suffolk
Place of death Poplar, London
Buried at St Andrew's Churchyard, Weybread
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit Grenadier Guards
Battles/wars Crimean War
Awards Victoria Cross
Distinguished Conduct Medal

Alfred Ablett VC DCM (3 August 1830 – 12 March 1897) was an English Crimean War 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.


Ablett was 25 years old, and a private in the 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards when the deed took place for which he was awarded the VC. His citation reads:

On 2 September 1855 during the siege of Sebastopol, Crimea, a burning shell fell into a trench containing two cases of ammunition. Private Ablett at once realising the danger to which all were exposed, seized the shell in his hands and threw it over the parapet, where it immediately exploded as it touched the ground, but not a man was touched.

Further information

He later achieved the rank of sergeant.

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Grenadier Guards Regimental Headquarters, Wellington Barracks, London, England.

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