Private Anthony Palmer VC was born on
the 10 March 1819 in Brereton Green, Cheshire. He was a Private in
the 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards during the Crimean war.
The following actions earned him the Victoria Cross. On 5
November 1854 at the Battle of Inkerman, Crimea, Private Palmer,
with two other men were the first to volunteer to go with Brevet
Major Sir Charles Russell to dislodge a party of Russians from the
Sandbag Battery. The attack succeeded. During this action Private
Palmer shot down an assailant who was in the act of bayoneting
Russell, and so saved his life. He was also one of a small band
which, by a desperate charge against overwhelming numbers, saved
the Colours of the battalion from capture.
- Victoria Cross
- Crimean Medal with 4 clasps designating campaigns of
Sevastopol, Inkerman, Balaklava and Alma
- Turkish Crimea Medal
- Long Service Medal
His Victoria Cross is displayed at The Guards Regimental
Headquarters (Grenadier Guards RHQ), Wellington Barracks, London.
His VC was stolen during a bar brawl, a replacement given on Queen
Victoria's instruction, though the original later was
He was also awarded the Bentinck Medal for
gallantry, which was first presented in 1855 by Major-General Sir
Henry Bentinck, KCB, formerly of the Coldstream Guards and
Commander of the Guards Brigade in the Crimea. He intended to issue
the medal in three different strikings to selected members of the
three Guards regiments who had performed outstanding service, at a
time when insufficient official awards for gallantry were
After leaving the army in 1863 he rose to become the Head
Constable of The Millwall Dock Company. He died on 12 December 1892
at the age of 73, in Crumpsall Hospital, Manchester.