Alexander Dunn

1833 – 1868   First Canadian Winner of Victoria Cross

Born in Toronto, Dunn was educated at Upper Canada College and then Harrow in England. He became a cavalry officer in the 11th Hussars of the British Army. As such, at the age of 21, he was awarded the VC, the British Empire’s highest decoration for bravery, for rescuing a British soldier from the attacks of three Russian lancers in October 1854 at Balaclava, Russia at the charge of the Light Brigade. Dunn resigned from the Army following the war but later rejoined and was commanding a British regiment in what is now Eretria when he died of illness. Canadian Forces Base Borden, north of Toronto, had its high school named for Dunn.

Ionic Lodge No. 18, Toronto