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Allegiance  United Kingdom
Role  Armed force officer
Awards  Victoria Cross
Name  James McKechnie
Service/branch  British Army
Battles/wars  Crimean War
Battles and wars  Crimean War
Rank  Sergeant

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Buried at  Eastern Necropolis, Glasgow
Died  July 5, 1886, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Similar People  Jacques Leroy de Saint Arn, Alexander Sergeyevich Menshikov, FitzRoy Somerset - 1st Baron, James MacKenzie, Harry Blanshard Wood

Place of burial  Glasgow, United Kingdom

James McKechnie VC (June 1826 – 5 July 1886) was a Scottish 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.

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He was born to Colin McKechnie and Jane McKechnie (Nee McGregor) and was married to an Elizabeth McLean.

McKechnie was 28 years old, and a sergeant in the Scots Fusilier Guards, British Army during the Crimean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 20 September 1854 at the Battle of the Alma, Crimea, when the shot and fire from the batteries just in front of the battalion threw it into momentary disorder, it was forced out of its formation, becoming something of a huge triangle, with one corner pointing towards the enemy. A captain was carrying the Queen's Colour which had the pole smashed and 20 bullet holes through the silk. Sergeant McKechnie held up his revolver and dashed forward, rallying the men round the Colours. He was wounded in the action.

In 2015, Kier Homes named a street in their Hawkhead Village development in Paisley, James McKechnie Avenue, in memory of him.

The medal

His Victoria Cross is displayed at The Guards Regimental Headquarters (Scots Guards RHQ) in Wellington Barracks, Chelsea, London.

References

James McKechnie Wikipedia


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