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Samuel Hill Lawrence
Birth: Jan. 22, 1831
Death: Jun. 17, 1868

Indian Mutiny Victoria Cross Recipient. A native of Ireland, he received the award from British Queen Victoria on January 3, 1860 for his actions as a captain in the 32nd Regiment of Foot (Cornwall), of the British Army, on July 7, 1857 and September 6, 1857 at the Siege of Lucknow, British India during the 1857 Indian Mutiny. Born in Cork, Munster, Ireland, his father served in the British Army at the time of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte's defeat at the Battle of Waterloo in Belgium. In 1847 he joined the 32nd Regiment of Foot and served in the Second Anglo-Sikh War (April 1848 to March 1849) in Punjab, India and the Indian Mutiny of 1857, for which he won the Victoria Cross. He later joined the 25th Regiment of Foot (King's Own Border), followed by the 11th Hussars (Prince Albert's Own), from which he retired in 1865 at the rank of major. He died at Estancia del Arazati in Montevideo, Uruguay at the age of 37. His Victoria Cross citation reads: "For distinguished bravery in a Sortie on the 7th of July, 1857, made, as reported by Major Wilson, late Deputy-Assistant Adjutant-General of the Lucknow Garrison, for the purpose of examining a house strongly held by the Enemy, in order to discover whether or not a mine was being driven from it. Major Wilson states that he saw the attack, and was an eye-witness to the great personal gallantry of Major Lawrence on the occasion, he being the first person to mount the ladder, and enter the window of the house, in effecting which he had his pistol knocked out of his hand by one of the Enemy:-also, for distinguished gallantry in a Sortie, on the 26 September 1857, in charging with two of his men, in advance of his Company, and capturing a 9-pounder gun." In addition to the Victoria Cross, he also received the Punjab Medal (with Mooltan and Goojerat clasps) and the Indian Mutiny Medal (with Defense of Lucknow clasp). His Victoria Cross and other medals are on display at the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry Museum at Bodmin, Cornwall, England. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
British Cemetery
Montevideo, Uruguay
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Thank you for your courage and valor in time of battle. May you rest in peace.
- William Bjornstad
 Added: Sep. 29, 2015

- Pamela Howlett
 Added: Jun. 17, 2015

- James Snow
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