Edmund H Lenon VC

Edmund Henry Lenon (26/08/1838 – 15/04/1893) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Second Opium War in 1860

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 22538, Page: 3363, reads:

“THE Queen has been graciously pleased to signify Her intention to confer the decoration of the Victoria Cross on the under-mentioned Officers and Soldiers, whose claims to the same have been submitted for Her Majesty’s approval, on account of Acts of Bravery performed by them in China, on the occasion of the assault and capture of the North Taku Fort on the 21st of August, 1860, as recorded against their several names; viz.:

44th Regiment (now of the 90th Regiment), Lieutenant (now Captain) Robert Montresor Rogers. 

44th Regiment No. 220, Private John McDougall

67th Regiment, Lieutenant Edmund Henry Lenon.

For distinguished gallantry in swimming the Ditches, and entering the North Taku Fort by an embrasure during the assault. They were the first of the English established on the walls of the Fort, which they entered in the order in which their names are here recorded, each one being assisted by the others to mount the embrasure.”

He is buried in Kensal Green Cemetery in London.

Edmund H Lenon VC 26/08/1838 - 15/04/1893  Kensall Green, London

Kensal Green Cemetery

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