The Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry

St Mary, Welshpool, Powys, Wales
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The church itself and quite large parts of the graveyard were well maintained. Sadly a few sections were so overgrown that we decided that it would not be safe to survey them. This is one of the very few times we have been forced to admit defeat!
The Battle of Rorkes Drift , in which a British garrison of 140 men defeated a Zulu army estimated as being 3,000-strong, saw 11 Victoria Crosses awarded in recognition of the men's bravery - the most ever gained in a single action. Evan Jones married Alice Evans a widow with four children in 1898 at the Register Office, Welshpool. He died at 19 Union Street , Welshpool on August 12th 1931 and was buried with military honours at St. Mary's Churchyard, Welshpool.

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