Sergeant John Simpson Knox VC

Sergeant Knox kept a cool head when the Scots Guards were in a state of disarray as they scaled the hill towards the Greater Redoubt at the Alma on 20th Sept 1854. He was responsible for reforming the ranks when they were in grave danger from Russian infantry.

He was born in Calton, Glasgow on 30th Sept 1828 and reached the rank of sergeant in the Scots Guards. But later, the next year he was gazetted into the Rifle Brigade as a Lieutenant where he also displayed great courage during the siege of Sevastopol. He later became a brevet major. He died aged 69 at Cheltenham on 8th Jan 1897.

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