Alfred Stowell Jones

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Alfred Stowell Jones
Born (1832-01-24)24 January 1832
Liverpool, England
Died 29 May 1920(1920-05-29) (aged 88)
Finchampstead, London, England
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1852-1872
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Battles/wars Indian Mutiny
Awards Victoria Cross
Other work Environmental engineer

Lieutenant Colonel Alfred Stowell Jones, VC (24 January 1832 – 29 May 1920) 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.

Early Life[edit]

Jones was the son of the Archdeacon John Jones. He was educated at Liverpool College and Sandhurst and entered the 9th Lancers in 1852.

Details on the Victoria Cross[edit]

Jones was 25 years old, and a lieutenant in the 9th Lancers, British Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed on 8 June 1857 at Delhi, India took place for which he was awarded the VC:

9th Lancers. Lieutenant Alfred Stowell Jones (now Captain 18th Hussars Date of Act of Bravery, 8th June, 1857

"The Cavalry charged the rebels and rode through them. Lieutenant Jones, of the 9th Lancers, with his squadron, captured one of their guns, killing the drivers, and, with Lieutenant-Colonel Yule's assistance, turned it upon a village, occupied by the rebels, who were quickly dislodged. This was a well-conceived act, gallantly executed." Despatch from Major-General James Hope Grant, K.C.B., dated 10th January, 1858.[1]

Later life[edit]

Throughout the siege of Delhi he served as DAQMG to the cavalry and was mentioned in despatches three times and promoted Captain and Brevet-Major. After graduating from Staff College in 1861 he served on the Staff at the Cape 1861-7. He retired in 1872 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.[2]

After retiring from the military Jones became an environmental engineer and won a prize from the Royal Agricultural Society for best managed sewage farm.[3]

He lived at Ridge Cottage, Finchampstead, Berkshire.


His son Owen Jones was a lieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserve when he married in 1902 Lillian Stevenson.[4]


  1. ^ "No. 22154". The London Gazette. 18 June 1858. p. 2960. 
  2. ^ History of the Victoria Cross
  3. ^ RSPH
  4. ^ "Marriages". The Times (36866). London. 6 September 1902. p. 1.