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  • Name: William OLPHERTS
  • D.O.B: 8th Mar, 1822
  • D.O.A: 25th Sep, 1857
  • D.O.D: 30th Apr, 1902
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Captain, 2 Company, 3rd Battalion, Bengal Horse Artillery, Honourable East India Company Forces
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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Near The Yellow House, Lucknow, India 25 September 1857

25 September 1857

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The Indian Mutiny 1857-59 

Though the Char Bagh Bridge had been taken, there were still two enemy guns behind the Yellow House, just south of the Char Bagh. These were charged by the 90th Regiment and then driven off by Captain W Olpherts, who had assisted in their capture.


 For highly distinguished conduct on the 25th of September, 1857, when the troops penetrated into the city of Lucknow, in having charged on horseback, with Her Majesty’s 90th Regiment, when gallantly headed by Colonel Campbell, it captured two guns in the face of a heavy fire of grape, and having afterwards returned, under a severe fire of musketry, to bring up limbers and horses to carry off the captured ordnance, which he accomplished. (Extract from Field Force Orders of the late Major-General Havelock, dated 17th October, 1857.) 

The London Gazette of 18 June 1858, Numb. 22154, p. 2957

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