vc-medalThe Victoria Cross (VC) is the highest award available to the armed forces for gallantry in action with the enemy.  It was originally made from the bronze cannon captured during the Crimean War (1854-1856). At first it was awarded only to British Army and Royal Navy personnel, but it was subsequently given to members of the other armed forces.

Five Old Shirburnians have been awarded the Victoria Cross:

Henry James Raby (1827-1907), attended Sherborne School (Abbey House) 1841-1842.  Served with the Royal Navy (Naval  Brigade).  Awarded the VC for an act of bravery on 18 June 1855 during the Siege of Sevastopol in the Crimean War. Commander Raby received the first VC to be presented by Queen Victoria on 26 June 1857.

Arthur George Hammond (1843-1919), attended Sherborne School (day boy) 1852-1860.  Served with the Queen Victoria’s Own Corps of Guides, Indian Army.  Awarded the VC during the Afghan War 1878/1880 for conspicuous coolness and gallantry at the action on the Asmai Heights near Kabul on 14 December 1879.

Edward Bamford (1887-1928), attended Sherborne School (day boy) 1900-1902.  Served with the Royal Marines Light Infantry. Awarded the VC for conspicuous gallantry during the Zeebrugge raid on 23 April 1918.

Charles Edward Hudson (1892-1959), attended Sherborne School (The Green) 1905-1910.  Served with the Sherwood Foresters.  Awarded the VC for conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty at Asiago, Italy,  on 15 June 1918.

John Hollington Grayburn (1918-1944), attended Sherborne School (Abbey House) 1931-1935.  Served with the Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry attached to the Parachute Regiment.  Awarded the VC for supreme courage, leadership and devotion at Arnhem in Holland on 17-20 September 1944 (posthumous award).

For further information about the Sherborne School Archives please contact the School Archivist.

See also Sherborne School Roll of Honour.

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