Robert Hawthorne

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Robert Hawthorne
Maghera, County Londonderry
Died2 February 1879 (aged 56)
Manchester, Lancashire
Ardwick Cemetery, Manchester
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
Unit52nd Regiment of Foot
Battles/warsIndian Mutiny
AwardsVictoria Cross

Robert Hawthorne VC (1822 – 2 February 1879) born in Maghera, County Londonderry 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.


He was approximately 35 years old, and a Bugler in the 52nd (Oxfordshire) Regiment of Foot (later the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry), British Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed at Delhi took place for which he was awarded the VC:

52nd Regiment, Bugler Robert Hawthorne

Date of Act of Bravery, 14th September, 1857

"Bugler Hawthorne, who accompanied the explosion party, not only performed the dangerous duty on which he was employed, but previously attached himself to Lieutenant Salkeld, of the Engineers, when dangerously wounded, bound up his wounds under a heavy musketry fire, and had him removed without further injury."


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He died in Manchester, Lancashire on 2 February 1879, his Victoria Cross is displayed at the Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum, Winchester, Hampshire, England.


  1. ^ "No. 22131". The London Gazette. 27 April 1858. p. 2051.

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