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VC146   William Fraser McDonell

BORN   17 December 1829

DIED   31 July 1894  AGE   64

VC Won  30 July 1857  AGE   27

Place VC Won  Arrah

War/Campaign  The Indian Mutiny

Name   William Fraser McDonell   No.   

VC Issue No.   146   Awards   VC   

Regiment   Bengal Civil Service



Rank VC Won   Mr

Rank End Of Career   Mr

Place Of Birth   Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

Place Of Death   Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

Buried/Location Ashes  St Peter's Churchyard, Church Road, Leckhampton, Gloucestershire, England


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone  Headstone    Plot/Grave no.   

Gazetted   17 February 1860

VC Presented   09 November 1860 by Queen Victoria at Home Park, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, England


P  Headstone, St Peter's Churchyard, Church Road, Leckhampton, Gloucestershire, England

P  Named on Roll of Honour, Big Classical, Cheltenham College, Gloucestershire

Brass plaque in Cheltenham College Chapel, Gloucestershire

Display & named in memorial book 'For Valour', Cheltenham College Library, Gloucestershire

Entry in 'Honours Book', Archives Department, Cheltenham College, Gloucestershire

P  Framed citation & picture in Classroom no. 2, Centenary Block, Cheltenham College, Gloucestershire

Inscribed memorial drinking fountain & horse-trough, Calcutta, India

P  Blue plaque Pittville House, Wellington Road, Cheltenham

By The Way…

Second civilian to be awarded the VC

VC Held By

The Lord Ashcroft collection I.W.M



VC 145 VC 147

As part of the relief force of Arrah, William McDonell of the Bengal Civil Service managed to escape from an ambush onto a boat along with others.

He took command of the situation and freed the rudder, enabling the boat to steer down the river to safety, all the while under fire from both banks

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