William Hope (12th April 1834 - 17th December 1909)
Action for which the Victoria Cross was given: Sebastopol, now in the Ukraine, 18 June 1855 (during the Crimean War, 1853-1856)
William Hope was among the first ever recipients of the Victoria Cross. Queen
Victoria presented it to him in Hyde Park on 26 June 1857.
William, who later became a colonel of the 1 City of London Artillery
Volunteers, was decorated for bringing in a wounded officer on 18 June 1855,
while fighting with the infantry on the Redan in the Crimea. He was a
lieutenant with the 7 Regiment, Royal Fusiliers, at the time.
He leased the manor house of Parsloes from the Fanshawe family between
1867 and 1878. He eventually became military attaché to clebrated diplomat Lord
Napier, who visited several times at Parsloes. William died in Chelsea in 1909.