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Thomas Bernard Hackett
Born (1836-06-15)June 15, 1836
Died October 5, 1880(1880-10-05) (aged 44)
Place of birth Riverstown, County Tipperary
Place of death Arrabeg, King's County
Buried at Lockeen Churchyard, County Tipperary
Allegiance  United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Unit 23rd Regiment of Foot
Battles/wars Crimean War
Indian Mutiny
Third Anglo-Ashanti War
Awards Victoria Cross

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Bernard Hackett VC (15 June 1836 – 5 October 1880) was born in Riverstown, County Tipperary 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.


He was 21 years old, and a lieutenant in the 23rd Regiment of Foot (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 George Monger, rescued a corporal of his Regiment, who was lying wounded and exposed to 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. His citation reads:

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.


He later achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel. He died at Arrabeg, King's County (now County Offaly) in a firearm accident on 5 October 1880. His VC is on display in the Lord Ashcroft Gallery at the Imperial War Museum, London.


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