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Monday, February 13, 2006


William Henry Harrison Seeley (April 21, 1840 - October 1, 1914) was an American recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to United Kingdom and Commonwealth forces.


He was 24 years old, and an Ordinary Seaman in the Royal Navy during the Shimonoseki Expedition, Japan when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC. On 6 September 1864 at Shimonoseki, Japan, during the capture of the enemys stockade, Ordinary Seaman Seeley of HMS Euryalus distinguished himself by carrying out a daring reconnaissance to ascertain the enemys position, and then, although wounded, continuing to take part in the final assault on the battery. He was presented his medal at Southsea on September 22, 1865 together with Thomas Pride (VC) and Duncan Gordon Boyes who also won their VCs at Shimonoseki.

Further information

First American citizen to win the VC.

The medal

not publicly displayed


Monuments To Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997) This page has been Project Victoria Cross Reference Migration from the Victoria Cross Reference with permission.