William Jones VC (1839 - 1913) 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.
On 23 January 1879 at Rorke's Drift, Natal, South Africa, Private 593 William Jones and (Robert Jones) defended one of the wards in the field hospital to the last, until six out of the seven patients had been removed. The seventh was delirious and although they managed to dress him, they could not induce him to move and when they returned to carry him away he was being stabbed to death in his bed.
Jones was being treated at Netley Hospital for chronic Rheumatism, which he claimed to have contracted from the cold and wet nights after Rorke's Drift; before being discharged on January 2, 1880 and on the January 13, 1880, he received his award from Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle. Upon leaving the Army, he attempted to establish himself in Birmingham however employment opportunities were few, but managed to take part in a number of acting parts including Hamilton's Pansterorama and in 1887 he eventually became a member of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show
Later, he moved to Rutland Street, Charlton-On-Medlock, Manchester and in 1910 pawned his Victoria Cross, having fallen upon hard times. He was admitted to work to Work House on Bridge Street, Manchester. William was one of the few survivors of the battle to live into his 70s. He died on April 15, 1913 and buried in a paupers grave in Philips Park. William's grave is located in Philip's Park Cemetery Manchester section D-887 and a large blue commemoration plaque adorns the wall of the disused church, alongside another plaque to commemorate WWI Victoria Cross winner, George Stringer VC.
After four years of campaigning, on November 2, 2007 a ceremony was held at Philip’s Park Cemetery to celebrate the unveiling of a new headstone for the grave.
Location of grave can be found on Google Earth at: 53° 29' 20.45" N 2° 11' 59.20" W