James Owens (VC)

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James Owens
The Battle of Sebastopol.png
Depiction of the Siege of Sebastopol
Born 1827
Bailieborough, County Cavan
Died 20 August 1901 (aged 73–74)
Romford, Essex
Buried at Lorne Road Cemetery, Brentwood
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit 49th Regiment of Foot
Battles/wars Crimean War
Awards Victoria Cross

James Owens VC (1827 – 20 August 1901) was born in Killaine, Bailieborough, County Cavan and was an Irish 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.


He was about 27 years old, and a corporal in the 49th Regiment of Foot (later The Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales's)), British Army during the Crimean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 30 October 1854 at Sebastopol, in the Crimean Peninsula, Corporal Owens greatly distinguished himself in a personal encounter with the Russians, and gave assistance to a lieutenant of his regiment.[1]

He later achieved the rank of Sergeant. He died Romford, Essex, 20 August 1901.

His Victoria Cross is displayed at The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum(Salisbury, Wiltshire, England).


  1. ^ "no. 21971". The London Gazette. 24 February 1857. p. 660. 

Listed in order of publication year

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