Joseph Ward (VC)

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Joseph Ward
Victoria Cross Medal without Bar.png
Born 1832
Kinsale, County Cork
Died 23 November 1872 (aged 39–40)
Longford, Ireland
Buried St John's Churchyard, Longford
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars
Battles/wars Indian Mutiny
Awards Victoria Cross

Joseph Ward VC (Irish: Seosamh Mac an Bháird; 1832 – 23 November 1872) was born in Kinsale, County Cork, 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.


Ward was about 26 years old, and a sergeant in the 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars, British Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC. On 17 June 1858 at Gwalior, India, Sergeant Ward - together with Captain Clement Walker Heneage, Farrier George Hollis and Private John Pearson - was in a charge made by a squadron of the 8th Hussars when, supported by a division of the Bombay Horse Artillery and the 95th Regiment, they routed the enemy and captured two of the enemy's guns. Their citation read:

8th Hussars

Selected for the Victoria Cross by their companions in the gallant charge made by a squadron of the Regiment at Gwalior, on the 17th of June, 1858, when, supported by a division of the Bombay Horse Artillery, and Her Majesty's 95th Regiment, they routed the enemy, who were advancing against Brigadier Smith's position, charged through the rebel camp into two batteries, capturing and bringing into their camp two of the enemy's guns, under a heavy and converging fire from the Fort and Towa.

(Field Force Orders by Major-General Sir Hugh Henry Rose, G.C.B., Commanding Central India Field Force, dated Camp, Gwalior, 28th June, 1858.)[1]

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He died at Longford on 23 November 1872.[2]


  1. ^ "No. 22223". The London Gazette. 28 January 1859. p. 294. 
  2. ^ Eastbourne Museums

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