Family Group Sheet
Family Group Sheet
NameCol Sir Edward Talbot THACKERAY VC KCB
Birth1836
Death1927
FatherRev Francis THACKERAY (1793-1842)
SpouseAmy Marianne CROWE
Birth1831
Death1865
Children
Birth1863
Death1928
Birth1865
Death1944
Notes for Col Sir Edward Talbot THACKERAY VC KCB
The best friend of Lt Edward Jones Gt Gt uncle of TCJ , killed in Delhi in 1857.

From Wikipedia

Colonel Sir Edward Talbot Thackeray VC, KCB (19 October 1836 – 3 September 1927) 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.

The son of Rev Francis Thackeray and Mary Anne Shakespeare, he was the first cousin of the novelist, William Makepeace Thackeray.

Thackeray was 20 years old, and a second lieutenant in the Bengal Engineers, Bengal Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed took place on 16 September 1857 at Delhi, British India for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross
For cool intrepidity and characteristic daring in extinguishing a fire in the Delhi Magazine enclosure, on the 16th of September, 1857, under a close and heavy musketry fire from the enemy, at the imminent risk of his life from the explosion of combustible stores in the shed in which the fire occurred.[1]

He later achieved the rank of colonel. Thackeray retired from the Army in 1888 and in 1898 he went to live in Italy were he spent the rest of his life.

His medal is currently displayed at the National Museum of Military History in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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