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  • Name: James BLAIR
  • D.O.B: 27th Jan, 1828
  • D.O.A: 23rd Oct, 1857
  • D.O.D: 18th Jan, 1905
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Captain, 2nd Regiment of Bombay Light Cavalry, Honourable East India Company Forces
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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Neemuch, India 12 August 1857; Jeerum India 23 October 1857

12 August and 23 October 1857

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The Indian Mutiny 1857-59 

Neemuch lies east of Udaipur and over 300 miles south-west of Delhi. The sepoys mutinied there in June 1857. Captain J Blair distinguished himself in an action in the vicinity on 12 August 1857. He further distinguished himself in an attack on mutineers at Jeerum about thirteen miles from Neemuch on 23 October 1857.

Citation

 For having on two occasions distinguished himself by his gallant and daring conduct. 1. On the night of the 12th of August, 1857, at Neemuch, in volunteering to apprehend 7 or 8 armed mutineers who had shut themselves up for defence in a house, the door of which he burst open. He then rushed in among them, and forced them to escape through the roof; in this encounter, he was severely wounded. In spite of his wounds he pursued the fugitives, but was unable to come up with them, in consequence of the darkness of the night. 2. On the 23rd of October, 1857, at Jeerum, in fighting his way most gallantly through a body of rebels who had literally surrounded him. After breaking the end of his sword on one of their heads, and receiving a severe sword cut on his right arm, he rejoined his troop. In this wounded condition, and with no other weapon than the hilt of his broken sword, he put himself at the head of his men, charged the rebels most effectually, and dispersed them. 

The London Gazette of 25 February 1862, Numb. 22601, p. 956

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