Frederick Whirlpool

Frederick Whirlpool

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Frederick Whirlpool VC (1829 – 24 June 1899) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.


Whirlpool was approximately 29 years old and a private in the 3rd Bombay European Regiment (later The Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment) during the Indian Mutiny when he performed the deeds at Jhansi which would earn him the Victoria Cross:

Further information

Whirlpool moved to Australia in his later life and died in Windsor, New South Wales in 1899. As a result, he is sometimes erroneously claimed as an Australian VC recipient.

The medal

The presentation of Whirlpool's medal, on 20 June 1861, was the first public presentation in Australia of a Victoria Cross. The medal was presented to him by Lady Barkly, the wife of Sir Henry Barkly, KCB, the governor of Victoria at that time. His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, Australia.



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