George Channer

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George Channer
Victoria Cross Medal without Bar.png
Born 7 January 1843
Allahabad, British India
Died 13 December 1905
Westward Ho!, Devon
Buried at East-the-Water Cemetery, Bideford
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch British Indian Army
Years of service 1859-1901
Rank General
Unit 1st Gurkha Rifles
Battles/wars Second Anglo-Afghan War
Perak War
Umbeyla Campaign
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross
Order of the Bath

General George Nicolas Channer VC CB (7 January 1843 – 13 December 1905) was a 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.


He was born at Allahabad, India, on 7 January 1842, the eldest surviving son of eight children of George Girdwood Channer[1] (1811–1895) and Susan (d. 1895), eldest daughter of Nicholas Kendall JP, vicar of Talland and Lanlivery, Cornwall.[2] He was educated at Cheltenham College. He served with the 89th and 95th regiments until 7 August 1866.[2]

He was 32 years old, and a captain in the Bengal Staff Corps, Indian Army, and 1st Gurkha Rifles during the Perak War when, on 20 December 1875 in Perak, Malaya, Captain Channer was the first to jump into the enemy's stockade to which he had been despatched with a small party to obtain intelligence of its strength and position. The stockade was formidable and it would have been impossible to bring guns to bear on it because of the steepness of the hill and the density of the jungle. If Captain Channer and his party had not been able to take the stockade in this manner it would have been necessary to resort to the bayonet, with consequent great loss of life.[3]

He later achieved the rank of General.

He died on 13 December 1905 at Westward Ho!, Devonshire. [4]


He married in June 1872, Annie Isabella, daughter of John William Watson.[4]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 H. M. Vibart, rev. James Lunt. "Channer, George Nicholas (1842–1905)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/32362. |access-date= requires |url= (help)CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. The London Gazette: no. 24314. p. 2476. 14 April 1876. Retrieved 29 May 2009.
  4. 4.0 4.1  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainVibart, Henry Meredith (1901). [ "Channer, George Nicholas" ] Check |ws link in chapter= value (help). Dictionary of National Biography (1st supplement). London: Smith, Elder & Co.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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