William Fraser McDonell


William Fraser McDonell

William Fraser McDonell VC (17 December 1829- 31 July 1894) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He is one of only five civilians to be awarded the VC.

Details

Educated at Cheltenham College and East India Company College (later succeeded by the Haileybury and Imperial Service College), he was 27 years old, and a civilian in the Bengal Civil Service during the Indian rebellion of 1857 when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 30 July 1857 during the retreat from Arrah, India, Mr. McDonell and 35 soldiers were in a boat hoping to escape, but the oars had been taken away by the rebels and the rudder tied to the side of the boat. Mr. McDonell climbed out of the boat under incessant fire from the enemy and with considerable difficulty cut through the lashing which secured the rudder. He then guided the boat himself, and helped by a breeze, crossed the river to safety.

References

*Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
*The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
*Scotland's Forgotten Valour (Graham Ross, 1995)

External links

* [http://www.homeusers.prestel.co.uk/stewart/gloucest.htm Location of grave] "(St. Peter's churchyard, Leckhampton, Gloucestershire)"
* [http://www.dhs.kyutech.ac.jp/~ruxton/OC_victoria_crosses.html William McDONELL of Cheltenham College]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Cheltenham College — Motto Latin: Labor Omnia Vincit ( Work Conquers All ) Established July 1841 Type Independent, Day …   Wikipedia

  • List of English Victoria Cross recipients — The following is a partial list of English recipients of the Victoria Cross.A*Arthur Louis Aaron 1943; Turin, Italy *Alfred Ablett 1855; Sebastopol, Crimea *Harold Ackroyd 1917; Ypres, Belgium *Abraham Acton 1914; Rouges Bancs, France *Henry… …   Wikipedia

  • List of Victoria Cross recipients by name - M — The following people are recipients of the Victoria Cross.*Henry MacDonald mdash; 1855; Sebastopol, Crimea *Thain Wendell MacDowell mdash; 1917; Vimy Ridge, France *John MacGregor mdash; 1918; Cambrai, France *David Lowe MacIntyre mdash; 1918;… …   Wikipedia

  • Haileybury and Imperial Service College — Infobox UK school name = Haileybury and Imperial Service College size = 100px latitude = longitude = dms = motto = Fear God, Honour The King motto pl = established = 1862 ( Haileybury College. Predecessor colleges were founded as follows: East… …   Wikipedia

  • Arrah — Infobox Indian Jurisdiction native name = Arrah | type = city | latd =25.34 | longd =84.40 state name = Bihar district = Bhojpur leader title = leader name = altitude = population as of = 2001 population total = 203,395| population density = area …   Wikipedia

  • Robert Pickton — Background information Also known as The Pig Farmer Killer Born October 24, 1949 (1949 10 24) (age 62)[1] Port Coquitlam, British Columbia Conviction …   Wikipedia

  • Batalla de Culloden — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Batalla de Culloden Parte de levantamiento jacobita Batalla de Culloden, p …   Wikipedia Español

  • Lanark North — was a federal electoral district represented in the Canadian House of Commons from 1867 to 1917. It was located in the province of Ontario. It was created by the British North America Act of 1867 which divided the County of Lanark into two… …   Wikipedia

  • British Columbia municipal elections, 2005 — The Canadian province of British Columbia held its triannual municipal elections on November 19, 2005. Voters in each of BC s 157 municipalities elected mayors and councillors, and rural voters elected directors for their regional district… …   Wikipedia

  • North Island (provincial electoral district) — North Island is a provincial electoral district for the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Canada. Contents 1 Demographics 2 Geography 3 History …   Wikipedia