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  • Name: Charles John Stanley GOUGH
  • D.O.B: 28th Jan, 1832
  • D.O.A: 23rd Feb, 1858
  • D.O.D: 6th Sep, 1912
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Captain, Corps of Guides (Punjab Irregular Force) and Hodson’s Horse, Honourable East India Company Forces
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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Sources & Acknowledgements

Khurkowdah, India 15 August 1857; Rohtak, India 18 August 1857; Shamshabad, India 27 January 1858; Meeanganj, India 23 February 1858

15 and 18 August 1857; 27 January and 23 February 1858

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The Indian Mutiny 1857-59 

On 14 August 1857 a cavalry detachment commanded by Lieutenant W S R Hodson left the British Camp outside Delhi to intercept a group of mutineers from the city who had set out to the north-west and who it was feared, might attempt to cut the Grand Trunk Road connecting the British with the Punjab. On the 15th, during an attack on some of the rebels who had barricaded themselves in a house at Khurkowdah, near Rohtak, Lieutenant C J S Gough saved the life of his brother, Lieutenant H H Gough VC. On 18 August rebels attacked Hodson’s force at Rohtak but were beaten off. At the beginning of 1858 Hodson and his men were part of the force Sir Colin Campbell was gathering to recapture Lucknow. Campbell was at Fatehgarh on the Ganges, north-west of Lucknow. To suggest to the rebels that he intended to attack Rohilkhand, rather than Oudh to its south-east, he sent a column under Brigadier J Hope Grant along the Ramganga river. The column defeated the rebels at Shamshabad on 27 January 1858. In February Hope Grant’s force was sent to pursue Nana Sahib and on 23 February 1857 on its way towards Lucknow defeated the rebels at Meeanganj. During the battle Gough saved the life of Major Anson.


 First, for gallantry in an affair at Khurkowdah, near Rhotuck, on the 15th of August, 1857, in which he saved his brother, who was wounded, and killed two of the Enemy. Secondly, for gallantry on the 18th of August, when he led a Troop of the Guide Cavalry in a charge, and cut down two of the Enemy’s Sowars, with one of whom he had a desperate hand to hand combat. Thirdly, for gallantry on the 27th of January, 1858, at Shumshabad, where, in a charge, he attacked one of the Enemy’s leaders, and pierced him with his sword, which was carried out of his hand in the melée. He defended himself with his revolver, and shot two of the Enemy. Fourthly, for gallantry on the 23rd of February, at Meangunge, where he came to the assistance of Brevet-Major O. H. St. George Anson, and killed his opponent, immediately afterwards cutting down another of the Enemy in the same gallant manner. 

The London Gazette of 21 October 1859, Numb. 22318, p. 3792

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