George Dare Dowell

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George Dare Dowell
Born 15 February 1831
Fishbourne, Chichester, West Sussex
Died 3 August 1910 (aged 79)
New Zealand
Buried Purewa Cemetery, Auckland
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Marines
Years of service 1849 - 1872
Rank Brevet Lieutenant Colonel
Unit Royal Marine Artillery
Battles/wars Crimean War
Awards Victoria Cross

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.


Dowell was 24 years old, and a lieutenant in the Royal Marine Artillery, Royal Marines during the Crimean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

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.[1]

Further information[edit]

He later achieved the rank of brevet lieutenant colonel.

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.

The medal[edit]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Royal Marines Museum in Southsea, England.


  1. ^ "No. 21971". The London Gazette. 24 February 1857. p. 653.