George Dare Dowell
|George Dare Dowell|
|Born||15 February 1831
Fishbourne, Chichester, West Sussex
|Died||3 August 1910 (aged 79)
|Buried at||Purewa Cemetery, Auckland|
|Years of service||1849 - 1872|
|Rank||Brevet Lieutenant Colonel|
|Unit||Royal Marine Artillery|
George Dare Dowell (15 February 1831 – 3 August 1910) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
On 13 July 1855 at the Fort of Viborg in the Gulf of Finland, when an explosion occurred in one of the cutters of HMS Arrogant, Lieutenant Dowell, who was on board HMS Ruby, took three volunteers and went, under very heavy fire to the assistance of the cutter. He took up three of the crew, and having rescued the rest and also the Captain of the Mast (George Ingouville), he then towed the stricken boat out of enemy gun range.
He is buried at Purewa Cemetery, Meadowbank, Auckland, New Zealand. He died in 1910 and has quite an unusual gravestone. His wife is buried approximately 10M to the right of his grave (as viewed in the photos) Her gravestone is in the same style.