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Capt William Peel
Birth: Nov. 2, 1824
Death: Apr. 27, 1858

Crimean War Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Stanhope Gate in the London Mayfair district, England, he served as a Captain in the Royal Navy. On October 18, 1854, Captain Peel was in command of the HMS Diamond at the Siege of Sebastopol, Russia. During the attack he and his men had been tasked with the movement of ammunition for the Allied gun shore batteries. When a Russian 42-pounder shell landed in amongst some powder kegs, Captain Peel picked up the live shell and threw it over the parapet. The shell exploded as it left his hands saving the lives of his fellow crew members. For most prestigious award for gallantry, he was awarded the Victoria Cross. After the Crimean War, he served in the Indian Mutiny conflict, was wounded at the Relief of Lucknow and died of smallpox at age 33 in Cawnpore, India. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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Old British Cemetery
Kanpur
Uttar Pradesh, India [unmarked]
Specifically: Grave is not marked
 
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Record added: Sep 15, 2005
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Capt William Peel
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Capt William Peel
Added by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
 
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- James Snow
 Added: Apr. 27, 2014
Rest in Peace, beloved soldier. See you in Heaven.
- Mary
 Added: Feb. 21, 2014

- J. Bruce Fox
 Added: Nov. 2, 2013
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