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  • Name: William SUTTON
  • D.O.B: 1st Jan, 1831
  • D.O.A: 13th Sep, 1857
  • D.O.D: 16th Feb, 1888
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Bugler, 1st Battalion 60th (The King’s Royal Rifle Corps) Regiment of Foot
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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Delhi, India 13 September 1857

13 September 1857

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The Indian Mutiny 1857-59 

By 13 September 1857 the bombardment of the city walls, which had begun on the 11th, had opened breaches at the Water Bastion and near the Kashmir Bastion. Private W Sutton was elected by the privates of 1st Battalion, 60th Regiment, to be recommended for the award of the VC for his gallantry in volunteering to join the parties sent out to determine whether the breaches were sufficient to allow an attack on the city the following day. He had previously distinguished himself on 2 August, the second and final day of a sustained assault against the Delhi Ridge by the mutineers.


 For gallant conduct at Delhi on the 13th of September, 1857, the night previous to the Assault, in volunteering to reconnoitre the breach. This Soldier’s conduct was conspicuous throughout the operations, especially on the 2nd of August, 1857, on which occasion, during an attack by the Enemy in force, he rushed forward over the trenches, and killed one of the Enemy’s Buglers, who was in the act of sounding. Elected by the Privates of the Regiment. 

The London Gazette of 20 January 1860, Numb. 22347, p. 178

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