William James Thompson (1830 – 05/12/1891) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Indian Mutiny on 9 July 1857.
The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 22347, Page: 179, reads:
“60th Rifles (1st Battalion), Private James Thompson, Date of Act of Bravery, 9th July, 1857
For gallant conduct in saving the life of his Captain (Captain Wilton), on the 9th of July, 1857, by dashing forward to his relief, when that Officer was surrounded by a party of Ghazees, who made a sudden rush on him, from a Serai – and killing two of them before further assistance could reach. Also recommended for conspicuous conduct throughout the Siege. Wounded. Elected by the Privates of the Regiment.”
He is buried in an unmarked grave in Queen Street Cemetery in Walsall, Staffordshire. A commemorative plaque is affixed to the wall of the cemetery.
A Memorial may also be found inside the municipal offices in Walsall commemorating the three Victoria Cross recipients from the town.
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