William George Cubitt

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William George Cubitt
Born (1835-10-19)19 October 1835
Calcutta, British India
Died 25 June 1903(1903-06-25) (aged 67)
Eastfield, North Yorkshire, England
Buried St. Peter's Churchyard, Frimley, Surrey
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Bengal Army
British Indian Army
Years of service 1853–1891
Rank Colonel
Battles/wars Santhal rebellion
Indian Mutiny
Second Anglo-Afghan War
Third Anglo-Burmese War
Awards Victoria Cross
Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches (2)
Relations Sir James Hills-Johnes VC (brother-in-law)
Lewis Pugh Evans VC (nephew)

Colonel William George Cubitt, VC, DSO (19 October 1835 – 25 June 1903) was a senior officer in the British Indian Army and a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Military career[edit]

Cubitt was 21 years old, and a lieutenant in the 13th Bengal Native Infantry, Bengal Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

For having on the retreat from Chinhut, on the 30th of June, 1857, saved the lives of three men of the 32nd Regiment, at the risk of his own.[1]

Cubitt was also awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his service during the Third Anglo-Burmese War. He later achieved the rank of colonel.

Personal life[edit]

Cubitt died on 25 June 1903, aged 67, and was buried in St. Peter's Churchyard, Frimley, Surrey. He was the brother-in-law of Lieutenant General Sir James Hills-Johnes VC. Lewis Pugh Evans VC was a nephew.


  1. ^ "No. 22278". The London Gazette. 21 June 1859. p. 2420.