Colonel Aylmer Spicer Cameron, V.C., C.B.  
72nd Highlanders
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 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

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