Thomas St Vincent Hope Cochrane Troubridge was born on 25th May 1815 into a distinguished family with naval connections. His father was Admiral Sir Edward Troubridge and his mother was the daughter of Admiral Sir Alexander Cochrane. His grandfather on his father's side was Rear-Admiral Sir Thomas Troubridge.
Sir Thomas was a very brave officer of the Royal Fusiliers who with the rank of major was the field officer of the day at Inkermann on 5th Nov 1854. A letter written home by Alfred Oliver of the 7th Royal Fusiliers who was in the same battery describes how Major Troubridge was injured:
'The officers were sitting at the back of the magazine. Maj Sir Thomas Troubridge, Bart., the field officer of the day had just taken 2 sandbags down to lie his head against when a cannon shot came and just cleared the magazine where the sandbags had been removed from, and took the Major's two feet off and one leg of an ensign of the 23rd. The blood and flesh came all over me. It was a dreadful sight. Our poor Major stood his post bravely, he only gave a groan. They wanted to take him home. "No men" he said, "I command you still" and remained and gave orders until the fight was over, and no doctor, although repeatedly called for, came for 3 hours and he was nearly bleeding to death. When brought home on a stretcher, the Dr. of our regiment, who was to amputate his legs, came up to meet him and the Major said, "Well Tappitts, this is a bad job is it not!" As long as I live I shall never forget that man. He was one of the finest men, for he stood 6ft. 1 inch, and stout in proportion, the best soldier and I think the calmest man in time of danger I ever saw. We all regret his loss.'
He survived the terrible injuries and was invalided home the following year to receive many honours and promotions. His position as commanding officer of the regiment was never actually taken up because of his disability and on 14th Sep he went on half pay with the 22nd Regiment. While he served in charge of the clothing department he designed a new valise for the soldiers which came into effect after his death. His marriage to Louisa in 1855 resulted in 3 sons and 4 daughters. Their third son was Admiral Sir Ernest Troubridge. The seven child births must have taken their toll because Louisa died in 1867 only 5 weeks before her husband.
1815 Born on 25th May
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