Rfn Robert Humpston VC

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  1. BBC News

    RIP Chosen Man, Job Done.

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    Pte Robert Humpston VC
    1832-1884
    Late of the Rifle Brigade
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    Crimean soldier's grave dedicated

    The grave of a soldier who won the Victoria Cross for his bravery in the Crimean War has been dedicated in a ceremony in Nottingham.
    Campaigners have worked for two years to raise £1,200 to get a headstone for Pte Robert Humpston.

    He was buried in a pauper's grave in Nottingham in 1884.

    Derby-born Pte Humpston was 23 years old when he won the Victoria Cross in 1855 for capturing a Russian rifle pit near Sebastopol.

    About 100 people gathered at the community grave at Nottingham Cemetery where he is buried for the dedication.

    "He attacked and cleared the gun pits held by the Russians - allowing the English army to progress and saving a lot of English lives," project co-ordinator Tony Higton said.


    About 100 people attended the dedication

    His great-great-great-granddaughter Kathryn Humpston said: "It feels very special that after 124 years Robert Humpston is going to be recognised for what he has done.

    "I feel quite proud and honoured to be part of the day."

    Pte Humpston also served in India at the time of the Indian Mutiny.

    He returned to England where he worked on the railway as a labourer.

    He was married and had one son. His grandson Arthur died in 1917 at the Battle of Passchendaele.
     
  2. Nice to see one of the Rifle Brigade's 27 VC winners (more than any other Regiment :wink: ) being remembered, but why have they said on the headstone that the RB's are "now part of the Royal Green Jackets" when the RGJ became part of The Rifles about 4 months ago???? :?
     
  3. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

    Got to draw a line somewhere and I suppose the RGJ will be as remembered by those of us of a certain age as much as the Rifles will be. Otherwise you will need to have a wipeboard ready at each grave. In fact it was probably better left alone as the RB.
    Mafia even visit the dead!
     
  4. Yes I agree, better to have left it as Rifle Brigade, but once you'd decided not to then surely better to mention a regiment that actually exists?

    Don't answer FFS, we'll be here all night! :D :D
     
  5. The English Army eh? Some Project Co-ordinator that lad. Last time you had one of those you were firing crossbows.