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VC133   William Dowling

BORN   1825

DIED   17 February 1887  AGE   62

VC Won  4 July-9 July-27 September 1857  AGE   32

Place VC Won  Lucknow

War/Campaign  The Indian Mutiny

Name   William Dowling   No.      

VC Issue No.   133   Awards   VC   

Regiment   32nd Regiment

Later   Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry

Now   3rd + 5th Battalions The Rifles

Rank VC Won   Private

Rank End Of Career   Sergeant

Place Of Birth   Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland

Place Of Death   Stanley Hospital, Liverpool, Lancashire, England

Buried/Location Ashes  Liverpool RC Cemetery (Ford Cemetery), Gorsey Road, Litherland, Liverpool, Lancashire, England


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone  Unmarked grave    Plot/Grave no.   

Gazetted   21 November 1859

VC Presented   04 January 1860, Queen Victoria, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, England


P  Memorial tablet unveiled 1990 at Liverpool RC Cemetery (Ford Cemetery), Litherland, Liverpool, now re-sited at St John's RC Church, Fountains Road, Kirkdale, Liverpool, Lancashire

By The Way…

After leaving the army he became a customs officer in the port of Liverpool

VC Held By

Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry Museum, The Keep, Bodmin, Cornwall, England



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On three separate occasions, during the defence of Lucknow, he volunteered with others to spike the enemy guns. On two occasions he succeeded, all the while under heavy fire

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