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William Martin Cafe

William Martin Cafe
Born 26 March 1826
Died 6 August 1906 (aged 80)
South Kensington, London
Buried at Brompton Cemetery
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Bengal Army
 British Indian Army
Rank General
Battles/wars Second Anglo-Sikh War
Indian Mutiny
Awards Victoria Cross

General William Martin Cafe VC (26 March 1826 – 6 August 1906) 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 details 1
  • Later career 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Victoria Cross details

Cafe was 32 years old, and a captain in the 56th Bengal Native Infantry, Indian Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC. On 15 April 1858, during the attack on Fort Ruhya, India, Captain Cafe, with other volunteers (Edward Spence and Alexander Thompson) carried away the body of a lieutenant of the 14th Punjab Rifles from the top of the glacis in a most exposed position under very heavy fire. He then went to the rescue of one of the privates who had been severely wounded. His citation in the London Gazette reads:

For bearing away, under a heavy fire, with the assistance of Privates Thompson, Crowie, Spence, and Cook, the body ol Lieutenant Willoughby, lying near the ditch of the Fort of Ruhya, and for running to the rescue of Private Spence, who had been severely wounded in the attempt.

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the National Army Museum at Chelsea, London.

Funerary monument, Brompton Cemetery, London

Later career

He later achieved the rank of General. Cafe is buried in Brompton Cemetery, London with his wife Isabella Mary.


  1. ^ London Gazette

External links

  • Location of grave and VC medal (Brompton Cemetery)
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