Hugh Rowlands

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General Sir Hugh Rowlands VC, KCB (6 May 1828 - 1 August 1909) was a Welsh 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.


Rowlands was 26 years old, and a captain in the 41st Regiment of Foot, British Army during the Crimean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 5 November 1854 in the Crimea at Inkerman, Captain Rowlands and Private John McDermond rescued Colonel Hayly of the 47th Regiment who had been wounded and surrounded by Russian soldiers. He also acted with great gallantry in holding the ground occupied by his advanced picquet against the enemy at the commencement of the Battle of Inkerman.

He was the first Welshman to win the Victoria Cross.

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He later achieved the rank of General. He was born and died in Llanrug. His VC is on display at the The Welch Regiment Museum in Cardiff Castle in Wales.<gallery>Image:General_rowlands_vc_and_officers.jpg|General Rowlands and his officers 41st Regiment 1870</gallery>


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  • (Gwynedd, Wales)

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