William Connolly (VC)

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William Connolly
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Born May 1817 (1817-05)
Liverpool, England
Died 31 December 1891 (1892-01-01) (aged 74)
Buried at Kirkdale Cemetery, Liverpool
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Rank Gunner
Unit Bengal Horse Artillery
Battles/wars Indian Mutiny
Awards Victoria Cross

William Connolly VC (May 1817 – 31 December 1891) 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.


Connolly was about 40 years old, and a gunner in the Bengal Horse Artillery, Indian Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed took place on 7 July 1857 at Jhelum, British India, for which he was awarded the VC:

During an engagement with the enemy, Gunner Connolly, acting as second sponge-man, was felled by a musket ball through his thigh and although suffering severely from pain and loss of blood, he insisted on mounting his horse in the gun team and riding to the next position which the guns had taken up on retirement. He was again hit by a musket ball later the same morning but staggered to his feet and went on wielding his sponge with energy and courage, and encouraging another wounded man, until he was wounded yet again and fell unconscious.[1]

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Today, his medal is on public display in the British in India Museum in Nelson, Lancashire, England.


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