Plaque honours brave doctor

A commemorative plaque has been unveiled outside the former home in Clifton of a doctor who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery in the third Burmese War.

Ferdinand Simeon Le Quesne served in the Army Medical Service (later Royal Army Medical Corps) and fought in the Burmese, Boer and First World Wars.

Surgeon Le Quesne was dressing an officer’s wounds and stayed for ten minutes within five yards of a loopholed stockade from which the enemy was firing.  The VC citation stated he acted “with perfect coolness and self-possession while attending the officer who died shortly afterwards” and “acted with “exceptional bravery in the face of the enemy “

Clifton and Hotwells Improvement Society (CHIS) installs green commemorative plaques at the homes of notable past residents in Clifton. 

The plaque was dedicated outside the house in Victoria Square where Surgeon Le Quesne lived, by the Lord-Lieutenant of Bristol, Peaches Golding. A prayer was said by the Rev James Patrick of Clifton Cathedral. The Last Post was sounded by bugler Andrew Lee from Portishead Town Band. Bob Lawrence from the Bristol branch of the Royal Army Medical Corps association  lowered the standard