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Hugh Rowlands

  • Birth 6 May 1828 Llanrug, Gwynedd, Wales
  • Death 1 Aug 1909 Llanrug, Gwynedd, Wales
  • Burial Llanrug, Gwynedd, Wales
  • Memorial ID 11495866

Crimean War Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Llanrug, Wales, he served as a Captain in the 41st Welch Regiment of Foot, British Army. On November 5, 1854, in actions at Inkerman, Crimea, Captain Rowlands with the aid of an enlisted man, rescued Colonel Hayly of the 47th Regiment who had been wounded and surrounded by Russian soldiers. Captain Rowlands also acted in holding the ground occupied by his advanced piquet against the enemy at the commencement of the Battle of Inkerman, Crimea. For most prestigious gallantry, he was awarded the Victoria Cross and was the first Welshman to be vested the Victoria Cross. He later served in South Africa, where he led operations against the Pedi, the Zulu and the Boers. His latter years of service were spent in India where he commanded the Bangalore Division of the Madras Army and on two occasions, took temporary command if the Madras Army. He retired a General. Returning to Britain he was appointed Lieutenant of the Tower of London and GOC of the North British District. He died at age 81 in Llanrug, Wales.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 7 Aug 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11495866
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Hugh Rowlands (6 May 1828–1 Aug 1909), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11495866, citing Saint Michaels Churchyard, Llanrug, Gwynedd, Wales ; Maintained by Find A Grave .