David Spence (VC)

David Spence

as Yeoman of the Guard
Born 1818
Inverkeithing, Fife
Died 17 April 1877 (aged 58)
Lambeth, London
Buried at Lambeth Cemetery
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Rank Regimental Sergeant-Major
Unit 9th Lancers
Battles/wars First Anglo-Sikh War
Second Anglo-Sikh War
Indian Mutiny
Awards Victoria Cross
Other work Yeoman of the Guard

David Spence VC (1818 17 April 1877) was a Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross.


Spence was born in Scotland. He joined the 9th Queen’s Royal Lancers in 1842. When he was about 40 years old, and a troop sergeant-major in the 9th Lancers (The Queen's Royal), British Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed took place on 17 January 1858 at Shumsabad, India for which he was awarded the VC:

Troop Serjeant-Major Spence

Date of Act of Bravery, 17th January, 1858
For conspicuous gallantry on the 17th of January, 1858, at Shumsabad, in going to the assistance of Private Kidd, who had been wounded, and his horse disabled, and bringing him out from a large number of rebels. Despatch from Major-General Sir James Hope Grant, K.C.B., dated 8th April, 1858.[1]

Further information

He later achieved the rank of regimental sergeant-major and in 1862 became a Yeoman of the Guard.[2]

The medal

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Regimental Museum of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers in Derby Museum, England.


  1. The London Gazette: no. 22212. p. 5512. 24 December 1858. Retrieved 26 September 2009.
  2. Derby Council tribute

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