|Colonel Aylmer Spicer Cameron, V.C., C.B.
Fine cdv photo of Colonel Aylmer Spicer Cameron, V.C., C.B. There is no
photographers mark on the photo. Colonel Spicer wears the Victoria
Cross, the Crimean War medal with clasp for Sebastopol, the Indian
Mutiny medal with clasp for Central India and the Turkish Crimean
medal. As he is not wearing the C.B., the photo must have been taken
prior to May of 1886, when he was appointed a Commander of the Bath
in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List.
The citation for Colonel Cameron’s Victoria Cross reads:
“On 30 March 1858 at Kotah, India, Lieutenant Cameron of the 72nd
Highlanders headed a small party of men and attacked a body of fanatic
rebels, previously posted in a loopholed house with one narrow entrance.
Lieutenant Cameron stormed the house and killed three rebels in single
combat. He was severely wounded, having lost half of one hand by a
stroke from a tulwar.”
Aylmer Spicer Cameron’s Victoria Cross is on display at the Regimental
Museum of the Queen’s Own Highlanders at Fort George, Inverness,
Colonel Cameron died 12 June 1909 and his obituary which appeared in
The Times of London is set forth in full below:
COLONEL AYLMER S. CAMERON, V.C.
Colonel Aylmer Spicer Cameron, V.C., who died yesterday, after a long
period of ill-health, was the son of Colonel William Gordon Cameron of
the Grenadier Guards, a Peninsula and Waterloo veteran and the grandson
of General William Neville Cameron, who was present at the taking of
Gwalior in 1780. He had four brothers in the Army and Navy, one of
whom is General Sir William Gordon Cameron. Of his five sons, four hold
or have held commissions in the Services. Members of the branch of the
Clan Cameron to which Colonel Cameron belonged received 11 wounds in
the service of their country during the last 100 years.
Colonel Cameron was born in 1833, and at the age of 20 received his first
commission in the 72nd Highlanders. He took part in the Crimean
campaign in 1855-6, and was present at both the assaults on the Redan,
the siege and fall of Sebastopol. He also served in the expedition to
Kertch. For his services he received the medal with clasp for Sebastopol
and the Turkish medal. During the Indian Mutiny campaign in 1857-8 he
was thrice wounded during the siege and storming of Kotah, losing in one
desperate action half his left hand. It was for his gallantry and daring
on this occasion, when leading a forlorn hope, that he received the
Victoria Cross. He went also through the campaign in Rajputana, took
part in the pursuit of Tantia Topee and the action of Banass, and
commanded a detachment of the 72nd Highlanders at Pertabghur.
In addition to receiving the V.C., he was twice mentioned in despatches
(London Gazette, June 11, 1858; June 10, 1859), was granted the medal
with clasp, and promoted to captain, “for service in the field." He
became major in the King’s Own Scottish Borderers in 1871, lieutenant-
colonel in 1877, and colonel in 1881. He served on the staff as A.A.G. In
Canada from 1879 to 1881, was in command of his regiment from 1881 to
1883, Chief of the Intelligence Branch at Headquarters from 1883 to
1886, and Commandant of the Royal Military College at Sandhurst, 1886
to 1888. In the last-named year he retired, having served his country
with honour and distinction for 35 years.
The Times, Jun 12, 1909; pg. 11; Issue 38984; col D