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VC13   Sir William Peel

BORN  2 November 1824

DIED   27 April 1858  AGE   33

VC Won 18 October 1854  AGE 29

Place VC Won  Sebastopol, Crimea

War/Campaign  Crimean War

Name   Sir William Peel   No.              

VC Issue No.   13   Awards   VC   KCB

Regiment   Royal Navy, Naval Brigade



Rank VC Won   Captain

Rank End Of Career   Captain

Place Of Birth   Stanhope Street, Strand, London, England

Place Of Death   Cawnpore, India

Buried/Location Ashes  Old British Cemetery, Cawnpore (Kanpur), Uttar Pradesh, India


Date Buried/Cremated   27 April 1858       

Headstone   Unmarked Grave   Plot/Grave no.   

Gazetted   24 February 1857

VC Presented   


P  Statue at St Swithun's Church, Sandy, Bedfordshire

P  Statue at Painted Hall, Greenwich Hospital, London

Named on family headstone at Deans Grange Cemetery, D·n Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland

Memorial to HMS 'Shannon', Deans Grange, Co. Dublin, Ireland

P  Lord Nelson Public House renamed 'The Sir William Peel' in September 2002, Sandy, Bedfordshire

White marble statue at Eden Gardens, Calcutta, India

P  Plaque on bench on the High Street, Sandy, Bedfordshire

P  Named on HMS Shannon memorial, Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire

By The Way…

Old British Cemetery, Cawnpore, walls and gate still exist, majority of headstones including Peel's have been removed

Son of The Right Honourable Sir Robert Peel, Prime Minister

VC Held By

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich



VC 12 VC 14

Serving with a gun crew from H.M.S. Diamond Captain Peel picked up a live shell from the newly arrived powder, before it could be stored and threw the live shell over the parapet just as it exploded. The next year led an assault on the redan.

VC 12
VC 14
Crimean War