William Dowling (VC)

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William Dowling (VC) : biography

1825 – 17 February 1887

William Dowling (1825 – 17 February 1887), born in Thomastown, County Kilkenny, was an Irish 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.

The Medal

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry Museum in Bodmin, Cornwall.


Dowling was approximately 32 years old and a private in the 32nd Regiment of Foot (later the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry), British Army during the Indian Mutiny when he was awarded the VC for the following deeds:

He was later promoted to sergeant and died at Liverpool, 17 February 1887.