Corporal William Allen VC

William Wilson Allen was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1844 and died on 12th March 1890. He and Private Hitch exchanged rifle fire with Zulus positioned on the hill behind the station. He was shot in the arm but managed to carry on and make it possible to withdraw the patients from the hospital. Afterwards he was unable to use his rifle but worked through the night supplying the others with ammunition. He was awarded the VC, gazetted on 2nd May 1879. He wound never properly healed although he continued to serve in the 4th Volunteer Battalion South Wales Borderers as a sergeant instructor of musketry. They were based in Monmouth. He suffered from influenza when an epidemic broke out in 1890 and he died in March. He is buried in Monmouth Cemetery.

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