Robert Kells

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Robert Kells

Born7 April 1832
Meerut, British India
Died14 April 1905
Lambeth, London
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Unit9th Lancers
1st Bengal European Light Cavalry
19th Hussars
Battles/warsSecond Anglo-Sikh War
Indian Mutiny
Awards Victoria Cross
Other workYeoman of the Guard

Robert Kells, VC RVM (7 April 1832 – 14 April 1905) was a recipient of the Victoria Cross.


Kells was born in India on 7 April 1832 in Meerut.[1] When 25 years old, and a lance-corporal in the 9th Lancers (The Queen's Royal), British Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed took place on 28 September 1857 at Bolandshahr, India for which he was awarded the VC:

For conspicuous bravery at Bolundshahur, on the 28th of September, 1857, in defending against a number of the enemy his commanding officer, Captain Drysdale, who was lying in a street with his collar-bone broken, his horse having been disabled by a shot, and remaining with him until out of danger. Despatch from Major-General Sir James Hope Grant, K.C.B., dated 8th April, 1858.[2]

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He later joined the 1st Bengal European Light Cavalry (renamed the 19th Hussars in 1862) and achieved the rank of sergeant. He retired in 1868 and was appointed a Yeoman of the Queen's (Queen Victoria) Bodyguard on 1 January 1881.[3][4] In June 1901 he received the Royal Victorian Medal from King Edward VII during an inspection of the Yeomen.[5]

Kells died on 14 April 1905 and he is buried in Lambeth cemetery in South London.[1]

His Victoria Cross medal is one of four of his on display at the regimental museum of the 9th/12th Lancers in Derby Museum and Art Gallery.[6] These medals sold at auction in 2006 for 130,000 pounds.[7]


  1. ^ a b Grave locations of holders of the Victoria Cross Archived 21 December 2004 at the Wayback Machine, accessed July 2011
  2. ^ "No. 22212". The London Gazette. 24 December 1858. p. 5517.
  3. ^ "Yeomen of the Guard biographies". Retrieved 13 March 2013.
  4. ^ Letter from St. James' Palace, London, headquarters of the Guard
  5. ^ "Court Circular". The Times. No. 36491. London. 26 June 1901. p. 12.
  6. ^ Medal Group Archived 24 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Treasures of Derby,, accessed July 2011
  7. ^ News Item "Robert Kells' Victoria Cross sold at auction", accessed July 2011