William Temple VC

William Temple (07/11/1833 – 13/02/1919) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the New Zealand Wars in 1863 at Rangiriri

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 22896, Page: 4552 reads:

“Royal Artillery. 

Assistant-Surgeon William Temple and Lieutenant Arthur Frederick Pickard. Date of Acts of Bravery, November 20th, 1863.

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.

Lieutenant Pickard, it is stated, crossed, and re-crossed the parapet, to procure water for the wounded, when none of the men could be induced to perform this service, the space over which he traversed being exposed to a crossfire; and testimony is borne to the calmness displayed by him, and Assistant-Surgeon Temple, under the trying circumstances in which they were placed.

He died in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, and is buried in Highland Road Cemetery in Portsmouth.

There is a commemorative Plaque for him at the National Memorial Arboretum.

Asst Surg. William Temple. VC.

Portsmouth Highland Road Cemetery

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