23 May 2010

Victoria Cross: H. Tombs and J. Hills


Lieutenant-Colonel, Bengal Artillery

Born: 10 November 1825, Calcutta, India
Died: 2 August 1874, Newport, Isle of Wight


Lieutenant, Bengal Artillery

Born: 20 August 1833, Neechindipur, Bengal, India
Died: 3 January 1919, Dolaucothi, Carmarthenshire

Joint Citation: For very gallant conduct on the part of Lieutenant Hills before Delhi [on the 9th July, 1857], in defending the position assigned to him in case of alarm, and for noble behaviour on the part of Lieutenant-Colonel Tombs in twice coming to his subaltern's rescue, and on each occasion killing his man.
(See despatch of Lieutenant-Colonel Mackenzie, Commanding 1st Brigade Horse Artillery, dated Camp, near Delhi, 10th July, 1857, published in the Supplement to the London Gazette of the 16th January, 1858.)

[London Gazette issue 22131 dated 27 Apr 1858, published 27 Apr 1858.]

Lieutenant Hill's medals

Note: Lt Hills (later Lt Gen Sir James Hills-Johnes VC GCB) was the brother-in-law of Col William G Cubitt VC DSO.

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