Samuel Hill VC (1826 - 1863):
Sergeant Samuel Hill of Glenavy, County Antrim, saw action during the Indian Mutiny. On 16 November 1857 his unit, the 90th Perthshire Light Infantry, were taking part in the relef of Lucknow. His valorous actions involved repeatedly rescuing badly wounded soldiers while exposed to heavy fire.
His was a VC elected by his comrades, which though relatively rare is not unknown. A memorial tablet to him is located in Market Square, Lisburn, beside the Linen Museum which has a wall poster commemorating his actions.
Richard Doherty & David Truesdale: Irish Winners of the Victoria Cross (Dublin 2000)
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