George Hinckley (22/06/1819 – 31/12/1904) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Taiping Rebellion.
The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 22705, Page: 642, reads:
“George Hinckley, Able Seaman of Her Majesty’s sloop “Sphinx.”
Date of Act of Bravery, 9th October, 1862
On 9 October 1862 at Fenghua, China, Able Seaman Hinckley of HMS Sphinx volunteered to go to the rescue of the assistant master of the Sphinx, who was lying in the open severely wounded. The able seaman went out under heavy and continuous fire and carried the assistant master to the shelter of a jess-house 150 yards (140 m) away. He then returned and carried a wounded army captain to safety.”
He is buried in Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth, Devon.
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