Gen. George Nicholas Channer, VC CB

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Gen. George Nicholas Channer, VC CB

Birthplace: Allahabad, West Bengal, India
Death: December 13, 1905 (62)
Westwood Ho, Devon, England
Place of Burial: Bideford, Devon, England UK
Immediate Family:

Son of Col. George Girdwood Channer and Susan Kendall
Husband of Annie Isabella Watson
Father of Annie Ethel Dora Channer; George Kendall Channer; Bernard Lacey Channer; Leut. Col. Hugh Watson Channer; Mary Eva Channer and 4 others
Brother of Susan Channer; Elizabeth Clara Kendall Channer; Bernard Channer and Mary Channer

Occupation: Major-General, CB (Companion of the Order of the Bath
Managed by: Tim Wilkinson
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About Gen. George Nicholas Channer, VC CB

General George Nicholas Channer VC

  • Born 7 January 1843
  • Allahabad, British India
    * Eldest surviving son of eight children of George Girdwood Channer (1811–1895) and Susan (d. 1895), eldest daughter of Nicholas Kendall JP, vicar of Talland and Lanlivery, Cornwall.
  • Educated at Cheltenham College.
  • Served with the 89th and 95th regiments until 7 August 1866
  • Married in June 1872, Annie Isabella, daughter of John William Watson
  • Died 13 December 1905 .* Westward Ho!, Devon
  • Buried East-the-Water Cemetery, Bideford
  • Allegiance United Kingdom
  • Service/branch British Indian Army
  • Years of service 1859-1901
  • Rank General
  • Unit 1st Gurkha Rifles
  • Battles/wars
  • Second Anglo-Afghan War
  • Perak War
  • Umbeyla Campaign
    * Awards
  • Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross
  • Order of the Bath

General George Nicholas Channer VC CB (7 January 1843 – 13 December 1905) was a recipient of the Victoria Cross

He was 32 years old, and a captain in the Bengal Staff Corps, Indian Army, and 1st Gurkha Rifles during the Perak War when, on 20 December 1875 in Perak, Malaya, Captain Channer was the first to jump into the enemy's stockade to which he had been despatched with a small party to obtain intelligence of its strength and position. The stockade was formidable and it would have been impossible to bring guns to bear on it because of the steepness of the hill and the density of the jungle. If Captain Channer and his party had not been able to take the stockade in this manner it would have been necessary to resort to the bayonet, with consequent great loss of life.

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Gen. George Nicholas Channer, VC CB's Timeline

January 7, 1843
Allahabad, West Bengal, India
October 5, 1873
January 22, 1877
February 23, 1878
Dharmasala, West Bengala, Indis
Dharmsala, India
November 26, 1883
November 26, 1883