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VC373   John Williams

BORN   24 May 1857

DIED   25 November 1932  AGE   75

VC Won  22-23 January 1879   AGE   21

Place VC Won   Rorke’s Drift, Natal

War/Campaign  The Zulu War

Name   John Williams   No.    1395

VC Issue No.   373   Awards   VC   

Regiment   24th Regiment, 2nd (Warwickshire) Battalion, B Company

Later   South Wales Borderers

Now   2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Wales - disbanded July 2012

Rank VC Won   Private

Rank End Of Career   Sergeant

Place Of Birth   Merthyr Road, Abergavenny, Gwent, Wales

Place Of Death   At his daughter's home, 7 Ty Coch, Cwmbran, Gwent, Wales

Buried/Location Ashes   St. Michael’s Churchyard, lllantarnam, Cwmbran, Torfaen, Wales


Date Buried/Cremated   29 November 1932

Headstone   Headstone   Plot/Grave no.   

Gazetted   2 May 1879

VC Presented   1 March 1880 by Acting Governor and Commander in Chief Gibraltar, Major-General Anderson at Almeda Parade Ground, Gibraltar


P  Headstone, St. Michael’s Churchyard, Lllantarnam, Cwmbran, Torfaen, Wales

Inscribed portrait at Cwmbran British Legion HQ, Wales (unveiled on his 67th birthday)

Rorke's Drift Lounge, Cwmbran & Lllantarnam Royal British Legion Club, Wales    

P  The John Fielding pub, Cwmbran, Wales

P  John Fielding Gardens memorial, llantarnam, Wales

P  John Fielding Gardens

P  Victoria Cross honours board, The Royal Welsh Museum, The Barracks, Brecon, Powys

By The Way…

Born Fielding, enlisted as Williams to prevent parents knowing of his enlistment

Headstone shows Fielding

VC Held By

South Wales Borderers and Monmouthshire Regiment Museum of the Royal Regiment of Wales, The Barracks, Brecon, Powys, Wales



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Thank you to Nick & Lorna Martin for photos Rorke’s Drift

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