Thomas Pride

Date of birth: 
29 March 1835
Died: 
16 July 1893
Allegiance: 
United Kingdom
Service: 
Royal Navy
Rank: 
Captain of the After Guard (Petty Officer)
Unit: 
HMS Euryalus
Awards: 
Victoria Cross
Campaigns: 
Second Opium War,
VC Awarded: 
18 November 1864
Awarded posthumously: 
No

Citation

On 6 September 1864 at Shimonoseki, Japan, Captain of the After Guard Pride was one of the two colour sergeants who accompanied Midshipman Duncan Gordon Boyes from HMS Euryalus when they carried the Queen's Colour into action in the capture of the enemy's stockade. They kept the flag flying in spite of the fierce fire which killed the other colour sergeant and severely wounded Pride. He and the midshipman, however, did not falter and were only finally prevented from going further forward by direct orders from their superior officer.

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