Wilbraham Oates Lennox (1830 - 1897)

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About Wilbraham Oates Lennox


Lieutenant-General Sir Wilbraham Oates Lennox VC KCB (4 August 1830 – 7 February 1897) 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.


Lennox was 24 years old, and a lieutenant in the Corps of Royal Engineers, British Army during the Crimean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 20 November 1854 at Sevastopol, in the Crimea, Lieutenant Lennox, with a working party of 100 men entrenched themselves in rifle-pits which had just been captured from the enemy. Despite extreme exposure to attack, they successfully repulsed all attempts to dislodge them during the night.

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He later achieved the rank of lieutenant general. He is buried at Lewes Road Cemetery, Brighton, Sussex in plot FF. Grave 47/48/49.

The medal

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Royal Engineers Museum in Chatham, Kent.

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Lieutenant-General Sir Wilbraham Oates Lennox VC KCB's Timeline

May 4, 1830
April 29, 1862
Age 31
April 28, 1872
Age 41
October 20, 1873
Age 43
November 26, 1875
Age 45
February 7, 1897
Age 66