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Philip Smith
Born (1825-10-05)October 5, 1825
Died January 16, 1906(1906-01-16) (aged 80)
Place of birth Lurgan, County Armagh
Place of death Dublin
Buried at Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin
Allegiance  United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit 17th Regiment of Foot
Battles/wars Crimean War
Awards Victoria Cross
Medaille Militaire (France)

Philip Felix Smith VC (5 October 1825 – 16 January 1906) was born in Lurgan, County Armagh and 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.


Depiction of The Battle of Sebastopol

He was 29 old, and a corporal in the 17th Regiment (later the Leicestershire Regiment), British Army during the Crimean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 18 June 1855 at Sebastopol, in the Crimean Peninsula, Corporal Smith went out repeatedly in front of the advanced trenches against the Great Redan, under heavy fire, after the column had retired from the assault, and brought in wounded comrades.[1]

Further information[]

He later achieved the rank of sergeant. He died Harolds Cross, Dublin, 16 January 1906 and was buried at Glasnevin Cemetery[2]

The medal[]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Museum of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment now housed in the Newarke Houses Museum (Leicester, England).


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