b. 16/01/1816 Glasgow, Scotland. d. 07/12/1879 Glasgow, Scotland.
Hugh McInnes (1816-1879) was born in Anderston, Glasgow, Scotland on 16th January 1816. As a young man Hugh became a cotton spinner, in the Glasgow mills, before turning his back on this career to join the Bengal Artillery. He was posted with his regiment to India where he was heavily involved in the suppressing of the Mutiny, and in particular, at the relief of Lucknow in November 1857.
Similarly, to Thomas Laughan and James Park (both also awarded the VC), little is known from the records about what the actual event was that saw McInnes awarded the VC. Between 14th and 22nd November 1857, it is known a number of gallant acts occurred, and as a result, McInnes was elected for the VC by his fellow NCOs of the regiment.
Following his citation being published on 24th December 1858, he was discharged in 1859 and received his VC in the post. He returned to Scotland, where he worked as an engineering labourer and he died at his home, 61 Cathcart Street, Glasgow on 7th December 1879. He was buried in an unmarked grave in St Peters RC Cemetery, Dalbeth, Glasgow. On 26th June 2004, a new headstone was erected on the site of his grave. His Victoria Cross is not publicly held.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: NOT PUBLICLY HELD.
BURIAL PLACE: ST PETERS CEMETERY, LONDON ROAD, GLASGOW, SCOTLAND.