William Goate VC

William Goate (12/01/1836 – 24/10/1901) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Siege of Lucknow during the Indian Mutiny.

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 22212, Page: 5512, reads:

“9th Lancers, Lance-Corporal W. Goat Date of Act of Bravery, 6th March, 1858

For conspicuous gallantry at Lucknow, on the 6th of March, 1858, in having dismounted, in the presence of a number of the enemy, and taken up the body of Major Smyth, 2nd Dragoon Guards, which he attempted to bring off the field, and after being obliged to relinquish it, being surrounded by the enemy’s cavalry, he went a second time under a heavy fire to recover the body. Despatch from Major-General Sir James Hope Grant, K.C.B., dated 8th April, 1858.”

His surname is misspelt in the original citation. 

He died of cancer at Southsea and was buried in Highland Road Cemetery in Portsmouth, plot E, row 5, grave 20. His grave has been reused twice since and  a memorial stone was erected in October 2003

Portsmouth Highland Road Cemetery

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