General Sir Charles John Stanley Gough, VC, GCB

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Charles John Stanley Gough

Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: Chittagong, India
Death: September 6, 1912 (80)
Clonmel, South Tipperary, Tipperary, Ireland
Place of Burial: Clonmel, South Tipperary, Tipperary, Ireland
Immediate Family:

Son of George Gough and Charlotte Margaret Gough
Husband of Harriet Anastasia de la Poer
Father of General Sir Hubert de la Poer Gough, GCB, GCMG, KCVO and Brigadier General Sir John Edmond Gough, VC, KCB, CMG
Brother of General Sir Hugh Henry Gough, VC, GCB

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About General Sir Charles John Stanley Gough, VC, GCB

General Sir Charles John Stanley Gough (/ˈɡɒf/), VC, GCB (28 January 1832 – 6 September 1912), was born into an Anglo-Irish aristocratic family in Chittagong, Bengal, British India, and was a 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.


At age 16, Gough moved back to India, joined the 8th Bengal Cavalry, and served through the Second Anglo-Sikh War. By the age of 25, Gough was a major in the 5th Bengal European Cavalry.

During the Indian Mutiny, Gough and his brother Hugh were members of the Guides Corps, where they took part in the Siege of Lucknow and Gough was awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) for deeds which included saving his brother. The award was announced on 21 October 1859, and the citation read:

5th Bengal European Cavalry, Major Charles John Stanley Gough

Date of Acts of Bravery, 15th and 18th August, 1857, and 27th January, and 23rd February, 1858

First, for gallantry in an affair at Khurkowdah, near Rhotuck, on the 15 August, 1857, while serving with Hodson's Horse, in which he saved his brother, who was wounded, and killed two of the Enemy.

Secondly, for gallantry on 18 August, when he led a Troop of the Guide Cavalry in a charge, and cut down two of the Enemy's Sowars, with one of whom he had a desperate hand to hand combat.

Thirdly, for gallantly on 27 January 1858, at Shumshabad, where, in a charge, he attacked one of the Enemy's leaders and pierced him with his sword, which was carried out of his hand in the melee. He defended, himself with his revolver, and shot two of the Enemy.

Fourthly, for gallantry on 23 February, at Meangunge, where he came to the assistance of Brevet-Major O. H. St. George Anson, and killed his opponent, immediately afterwards cutting down another of the Enemy in the same gallant manner.

During the Second Anglo-Afghan War, he led a relief column to relieve the Siege of the Sherpur Cantonment, on which news Mohammed Jan ordered an assault on the garrison, which failed before he arrived.

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General Sir Charles John Stanley Gough, VC, GCB's Timeline

January 28, 1832
Chittagong, India
Age 37
London, Middlesex, England UK
October 25, 1871
Age 39
September 6, 1912
Age 80
Clonmel, South Tipperary, Tipperary, Ireland
Clonmel, South Tipperary, Tipperary, Ireland