Private George Strong VC

In September 1855, only days before the end of the year long siege of Sevastopol, Private Strong, aged 19, was on duty in a trench when a live shell fell in. Well aware of the extreme danger, he picked up the shell and threw it over the parapet, thus saving many lives. He was awarded the VC on 24th Feb 1857. George Strong was born in Odcombe, Yeovil in Somerset on 30th Nov 1835. He died on 25th August 1888 aged 53, at Sherston Magna in Wiltshire. There is a memorial to him in the churchyard of the Church of the Holy Cross, Sherston.

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