Private William Reynolds

20 September 1854

William Reynolds VC (1827 – 20 October 1869) was a Scottish 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. Reynolds was the first private to receive the award.

He was about 27 years old, and a private in the Scots Fusilier Guards, British Army during the Crimean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 20 September 1854 at the Battle of the Alma, Crimean Peninsula, when the formation of the line was disordered, Private Reynolds behaved with conspicuous gallantry, in rallying the men round the Colours.

He later achieved the rank of corporal.

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Scots Guards Regimental Headquarters, Wellington Barracks, London, England.

Born: June 1826
Paisley, Renfrewshire

Died: 5 July 1886 (aged 60)

Buried: Eastern Necropolis, Glasgow