THE REMAINS OF LIEUTENANT COLONEL JOSEPH CROWE VC, 78TH ( HIGHLAND ) REGIMENT, HAVE BEEN REINTERRED IN THE HEROES ACRE JUBILEE CEMETERY, UITENHAGE, SOUTH AFRICA.
26 November 2019

  • Joseph Crowe was born on 12th January 1826 at Vermaak's Military Post, Uitenhage, Cape Province, a South African born recipient of the Victoria Cross. Crowe died on the 12 Arpil 1876, aged 50, at Penge, South East London, England, from heart desease and was buried in the West Norwood Cemetery.

  • It was after the grandson of Joseph Crowe's sister Dorothya had paid a visit to West Norwood Cemetery in 1957 that he found the grave in a poor state and decided to apply to repatriate the remains to South Africa. The project took ten years to come to fruition and Joseph Crowe's body we re-interred on the 5th February 1977 in the MOTH (*) Garden of Remembrance in Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, South Africa. ( * Memorable Order of Tin Hats ).



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  • It was revealed in 2011 that the Memorable Order of Tin Hats ( MOTH ) were in the process of selling their Hall, and with it the plot known as the MOTH Garden of Remembrance. This was to make way for a commercial development. Therefore, the remains of Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Crowe VC would have to be removed and reinterred at a new location.

  • A notice of obituary was published in several South African newspapers on the 15th August 2019, announcing the upcoming interrnment and re-burial of Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Crowe VC in the Heroes Acre Jubilee Cemetery in his birth city of Uitenhage, Eastern Cape.

  • The burial ceremony took place at the cemetery at 14:00 on the 24th August 2019. The ceremony was co-ordinated by the military veterans organisation, the Memorable Order of Tin Hats ( MOTH ).

  • The delay between the reinterrnment of Joseph Crowe in August and the placing of the stone marker in November was because the burial ground had to settle before taking the weight of the stone.

For the award of the Victoria Cross

[ London Gazette, 15 January 1858 ], Bourzekee Chowkee, Indian Mutiny, 12 August 1857, Lieutenant Joseph Petrus Hendrick Crowe, 78th ( Highland ) Regiment, ( Seaforth Highlanders )

For being the first to enter the redoubt at Bourzekee Chowkee, the entrenched village in front of the Busherut-gunge, on the 12th of August 1857.

( Telegram from the late Major-General Sir Henry Havelock to the Commander-in-Chief in India, dated, Cawnpore 18th August 1857 )

( Gazetted as Captain of the 10th Regiment ( Lincolnshire Regiment ))

It is believed Joseph Crowe's Victoria Cross and campaign medals were lost when his sister's farm, Firlands, at Rondebosch, Cape Province, was destroyed by fire in 1880.


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Medal entitlement of Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Crowe
78th ( Highland ) Regiment, ( Seaforth Highlanders )

  • Victoria Cross
  • Indian General Service Medal ( 1854-95 )
    • 1 clasp:
    • "Persia"
  • Indian Mutiny Medal ( 1857-58 )
    • 2 clasps:
    • "Defence of Lucknow" - "Lucknow"

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Iain Stewart, 26 November 2019