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VC135   William Connolly

BORN   May 1817

DIED   31 December 1891  AGE   74

VC Won  7 July 1857  AGE   40

Place VC Won  Jhelum

War/Campaign  The Indian Mutiny

Name   William Connolly   No.      

VC Issue No.   135   Awards   VC   

Regiment   Bengal Horse Artillery

Later   Royal Artillery


Rank VC Won   Gunner

Rank End Of Career   Gunner

Place Of Birth   Liverpool, Lancashire, England

Place Of Death   At his home, 14 Westminster Road, Kirkdale, Liverpool, Lancashire, England

Buried/Location Ashes  Kirkdale Cemetery, Longmore Lane, Fazakerley, Liverpool, Lancaster, England


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone   Headstone     Plot/Grave no.   C of E Section 17, Public Grave 220, Common Ground

Gazetted   3 September 1858

VC Presented   February 1859, India


P  Headstone, Kirkdale Cemetery, Longmore Lane, Fazakerley, Liverpool, Lancaster, England

P  Named on memorial at Royal Artillery Chapel, Woolwich, London

P  Liverpool Victoria Cross memorial, Abercromby Square, Liverpool

By The Way…

Headstone erected in 1990's, not on exact location of grave

VC Held By

British In India Museum, Nelson, Lancashire



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During the engagement at Jhelum, Gunner Connolly sustained three wounds to his legs from musket balls. Although bleeding heavily, he wouldn’t leave his post until he collapsed through loss of blood

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