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Richard Wadeson
31 July 1826 – 24 January 1885
Victoria Cross Medal without Bar.png
Place of birth Lancaster, Lancashire
Place of death Royal Hospital, Chelsea
Resting place Brompton Cemetery
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Colonel
Unit 75th Regiment of Foot
Battles/wars Indian Mutiny
Awards Victoria Cross

Colonel Richard Wadeson VC (31 July 1826 – 24 January 1885) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.


Victoria Cross

He was 30 years old, and a Lieutenant in the 75th Regiment of Foot (later The Gordon Highlanders), British Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed took place on 18 July 1857 at Delhi, India, for which he was awarded the VC:

For conspicuous bravery at Delhi on the 18th of July, 1857, when the Regiment was engaged in the Subjee Mundee, in having saved the life of Private Michael Farrell, when attached by a Sowar of the enemy's Cavalry, and killing the Sowar. Also, on the same day, for rescuing Private John Barry, of the same Regiment, when, wounded and helpless, he was attacked by a Cavalry Sowar, whom Lieutenant Wadeson killed.[1]

Later life

Commissioned from the ranks he later achieved the rank of Colonel. He died in 1885 and is buried in Brompton Cemetery. Wadeson was Colonel-in-charge of Chelsea Barracks and has a plaque on barracks wall. He was also Lieutenant Governor of the Royal Chelsea Hospital where he died.


His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Gordon Highlanders Museum, Aberdeen, Scotland.


  1. ^ London Gazette: no. 22212, p. 5518, 24 December 1858. Retrieved on 19 September 2009.


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