Born in Merthyr
Road, Abergavenny as John Fielding. He enlisted first in the Monmouthshire
Militia in February 1877 but later that year joined the 2/24th.
He received his VC from Major General Anderson at Gibraltar in March
1880. He served in India in 1880-1883 before transferring to the
reserve. He later served as a sergeant in the 3rd Volunteer Battalion,
South Wales Borderers.
In 1914, he
volunteered for service and served on the SWB Depot staff at Brecon
throughout the Great War. He married Elizabeth Murphy and had 3
sons and 2 daughters; one son was killed while serving with 1/SWB
during the Retreat from Mons in 1914. He died in Cwmbran in 1932
and was the last surviving Rorke's
Drift VC holder to die. (His VC is in the SWB Museum Collection).
supplied by the South
Wales Borderers Museum, Brecon.