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John Augustus Wood
|Born||10 June 1818|
Fort William, Scotland
|Died||23 January 1878|
Poona, British India
St Mary's Churchyard, Poona
|Unit||20th Bombay Native Infantry|
Colonel John Augustus Wood VC (10 June 1818 – 23 January 1878) was a Scottish 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.
On 9 December 1856 at Bushire, Persia, Captain Wood led a Grenadier Company which formed the head of the assaulting column and was the first man on the parapet of the fort, where he was immediately attacked by a large number of the garrison. A volley was fired at Captain Wood and the head of the storming party at very close range but although the captain was hit by seven musket balls he at once threw himself upon the enemy, killing their leader. He was closely followed by the men of his company and speedily overcame all opposition.
His was the first Victoria Cross to be won in a British Indian regiment and the standard captured that day is still preserved by the battalion.