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  • Name: James THOMPSON
  • D.O.B: 25th Dec, 1829
  • D.O.A: 9th Jul, 1857
  • D.O.D: 5th Dec, 1891
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 1st Battalion 60th (The King’s Royal Rifle Corps) Regiment of Foot
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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Delhi, India 9 July 1857

9 July 1857

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The Indian Mutiny 1857-59 

On 9 July 1857 horsemen from the 8th Irregular Cavalry, which had mutinied at Bareilly, surprised the Mound picket behind Delhi Ridge. This comprised two guns of the Horse Artillery and a troop of Dragoons. Second Lieutenant J Hills had the guns unlimbered and while this was going on charged alone into the attacking column. Major H Tombs rode to assist him and it was only his intervention which saved Hills’ life. Despite their gallant actions, the mutineers were able to ride into the British encampment, where they called on the native horse artillery to join the rebels. Eventually they were driven off. Meanwhile other rebels attacked the British pickets in the Sabzi Mandi at the foot of the southern end of the ridge. It was probably in the fighting here that Private J Thompson, 1st Battalion, 60th Regiment, distinguished himself.

Citation

 For gallant conduct in saving the life of his Captain (Captain Wilton), on the 9th of July, 1857, by dashing forward to his relief, when that Officer was surrounded by a party of Ghazees, who made a sudden rush on him from a Serai, – and killing two of them before further assistance could reach. Also recommended for conspicuous conduct throughout the Siege. Wounded. Elected by the Privates of the Regiment. 

The London Gazette of 20 January 1860, Numb. 22347, p. 179

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