b. 01/06/1827 West Horsley, Surrey. d. 10/01/1877 Cuckfield, West Sussex.
George Waller (1827-1877) was born at West Horsley, Surrey on 1st June 1827 and enlisted as a boy soldier with the 39th Regiment of Foot (later Dorset Regiment) in 1843. He transferred the following year to the 60th Rifles and sailed for India in 1845. He took part in the Second Sikh War and fought at the Battles of Mooltan and Gujarat. He also served on the North West Frontier in 1849-1850 during the sporadic fighting against the Afghan tribes.
During the defence of the Delhi Ridge during the Indian Mutiny he was wounded during the desperate fighting on the night of the 19th June 1857, but recovered sufficiently to take part in the assault on 14th September 1857. On that day, Waller was part of the charge and capture of the enemy’s guns at the Kabul Gate. His citation published on 20th January 1860 also cites a separate act of gallantry on 18th September 1857, when he helped in the repulse of a surprise enemy attack on a gun near the Chaundney Chouk. Waller was elected for the VC by his fellow NCOs of his Regiment.
He returned to Britain following the Mutiny, and following the publication of his citation in the London Gazette, he received his medal from Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle on 9th November 1860. He was finally discharged from the Army on 7th March 1865 and became a Permanent Staff Instructor with the 13th Sussex Rifle Volunteers until his death in the Cuckfield Workhouse in Sussex on 10th January 1877, aged 49. As he died a pauper he was buried in an unmarked grave in Holy Trinity Churchyard, Hurstpierpoint, Sussex. This remained the case until a local undertaker and businessman funded the purchase of a headstone which was placed on the grave on 13th December 2014. His medals are held by the Royal Green Jackets Museum, Winchester, Hampshire.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: ROYAL GREEN JACKETS MUSEUM, WINCHESTER, HAMPSHIRE.
BURIAL PLACE: HOLY TRINITY CHURCH, HURSTPIERPOINT, SUSSEX. GRAVE G-48.
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George Waller's medals including VC on display at the Royal Green Jackets Museum, Winchester, Hampshire