SO3438 : The grave of Robert Jones VC

taken 10 years ago, near to Hinton, Herefordshire, Great Britain

The grave of Robert Jones VC
The grave of Robert Jones VC
Robert Jones was a farm labourer from rural Monmouthshire who at 21 was awarded the Victoria Cross for his brave actions in fighting off thousands of Zulus at Rorkes Drift. He suffered burns, a gunshot wound and four assegai wounds in the action, rescuing patients from the small military infirmary. All but one patient was saved.

He left the army and settled in this locality, married and had five children, working on the land again. However it seems that he suffered recurring nightmares and flashbacks, part of what we call post-traumatic stress disorder today. He died aged 41 of gunshot wounds inflicted by a shotgun borrowed from his employer and a verdict of suicide whilst temporarily insane was passed at the inquest. It seems that he took his own life, unable to deal with survivor's guilt or the unceasing flashbacks and nightmares resulting from the scarring on a young mind.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 17 April, 2012   (more nearby)
Friday, 20 April, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites  People, Events  Burial ground, Crematorium  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 3450 3855 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:2.4877N 2:57.3831W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SO 3449 3855
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