THE HEADSTONE MARKER OVER THE GRAVE OF FIELD MARSHAL SIR EVELYN WOOD, 17TH LANCERS, HAS BEEN VANDALISED IN THE ALDERSHOT MILITARY CEMETERY.
18 February 2019


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The impressive upright stone cross over the burial plot of Field Marshal Sir Evelyn Wood, in Aldershot Military Cemetery, has been knocked off its plinth. Funds are currently being raised to rectify the problem.

Henry Evelyn Wood joined the Royal Navy in 1852 as ADC to Captain William Peel in the Crimea. He was recommended for the award of the Victoria Cross, wounded in the attack on the Redan and Mentioned in Despatches.

Invalided home he left the Navy in 1855 and joined HM's 13th Light Dragoons then exchanged to the 17th Lancers ( Duke of Cambridge's Own ). For his actions during the Indian Mutiny he was attached to the 3rd Bombay Light Cavalry, with whom he earned his Victoria Cross.

Evelyn Wood's subsequent career saw him in action in the Ashantee War ( 1873-1874 ), South Africa ( 1877-79 ) and Egypt ( 1882-1889 ).


For the award of the Victoria Cross.

[ London Gazette, 4 October 1860 ], Sinwaho & Sindhora, Indian Mutiny, 19 October 1858, Lieutenant Henry Evelyn Wood, 17th Lancers ( att'd 3rd Bombay Light Cavalry.

For having, on the 19th October 1858, during Action at Sindwaho, when in command of a Troop of the 3rd Light Cavalry, attacked with much gallantry, almost single-handed, a body of Rebels who had made a stand, whom he routed. Also, for having subsequently, near Sindhora, gallantly advanced with a Duffadar and Sowar of Beatsonís Horse, and rescued from a band of robbers, a Potail, Chemmum Singh, whom they had captured and carried off to the Jungles, where they intended to hang him.

It is believe Evelyn Wood received his Victoria Cross by registered post.


Medal entitlement of Field Marshal Sir Evelyn Wood, 17th Lancers.

  • Victoria Cross
  • Knight Grand Cross, Order of the Bath ( GCB )
  • Knight Grand Cross, Order of St Michael and St George ( GCMG )
  • Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Medal ( 1897 )
  • King Edward VII Coronation Medal ( 1902 )
  • King George V Coronation Medal ( 1911 )
  • Crimea Medal ( 1854-56 )
    • 2 clasps:
    • "Inkermann" - "Sebastopol"
  • Indian Mutiny Medal ( 1857-58 )
  • Ashantee Medal ( 1873-74 )
    • 1 clasp:
    • "Coomassie"
  • South Africa Medal ( 1877-79 )
    • 1 clasp:
    • "1877-8-9"
  • Egypt Medal ( 1882-89 )
    • 1 clasp:
    • "The Nile 1884-85"
  • Knight, Legion of Honour ( France )
  • Order of Medjidheh ( Turkey )
  • Turkish Crimea Medal ( 1855-56 )
  • Khedive's Star ( 1882 )

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Iain Stewart, 18 February 2019