|Henry William Pitcher|
|Born||December 20, 1841|
|Died||July 5, 1875(aged 33)|
|Place of birth||Kamptee, British India|
|Place of death||Dehra Ghazi Khan, British India|
|Buried at||Dehra Ismail Khan Cemetery, Kohat|
|Service/branch||British Indian Army|
|Unit||Bengal Staff Corps|
Henry William Pitcher VC (20 December 1841 – 5 July 1875) was an English 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.
Pitcher was born at Kamptee in British India, the second son of Vincent Pitcher and Rose Mary le Geyt, daughter of Admiral George le Geyt. His elder brother Colonel Duncan George Pitcher also served in India.
He was about 22 years old, and a lieutenant in the Bengal Staff Corps, 4th Punjab Infantry, British Indian Army during the Umbeyla Campaign. On 30 October 1863 in North-West India, Lieutenant Pitcher led a party to recapture the Crag Picquet after its garrison had been driven in by the enemy and sixty of them killed. He led the party up the narrow path to the last rock until he was knocked down and stunned by a large stone thrown from above. On 16 November, the lieutenant displayed great courage in leading a party to the Crag Picquet when it had again fallen into enemy hands. He led the first charge, but was wounded in the action. For this deed he was awarded the Victoria Cross.
- "No. 22876". 19 July 1864. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/22876/page/
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