William Temple

Military Person

1833 – 1919

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Who was William Temple?

Lieutenant Colonel William Temple VC 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.

Born in Monaghan Town, Temple was 30 years old and an Assistant Surgeon in the Royal Regiment of Artillery during the Invasion of Waikato, when the following deed took place on 20 November 1863 at Rangiriri, New Zealand for which he and Lieutenant Arthur Frederick Pickard were awarded the VC:

For gallant conduct during the assault on the enemy's position at Rangiriri, in New Zealand, on the 20th of November last, in exposing their lives to imminent danger, in crossing the entrance of the Maori keep, at a point upon which the enemy had concentrated their fire, with a view to render assistance to the wounded, and, more especially to the late Captain Mercer, of the Royal Artillery.

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Born
Nov 7, 1833
Monaghan
Nationality
  • United Kingdom
Profession
Lived in
  • County Monaghan
Died
Feb 13, 1919
Royal Tunbridge Wells

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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