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  • Name: Valentine Munbee McMASTER
  • D.O.B: 16th May, 1834
  • D.O.A: 25th Sep, 1857
  • D.O.D: 22nd Jan, 1872
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Assistant Surgeon, 78th (Highlanders) Regiment of Foot
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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From The Char Bagh Bridge to the Moti Mahal, Lucknow, India 25 September 1857

25 September 1857

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The Indian Mutiny 1857-59 

After 78th Regiment had routed the mutineers approaching from the south along the Cawnpore Road and captured their two guns, it crossed over the Char Bagh Bridge to follow the main column. However, contact was lost and instead of continuing north to the Secunderabagh, the 78th turned west along the Huzerutgunge (Hazratganj) where it came under heavy attack. When the officers carrying the Colours were wounded, Assistant Surgeon V M McMaster seized the Colours and rushed forward. The 78th emerged near the Kaisarbagh Palace where it met the main column coming from between the Moti Mahal and the Mess House. As the relieving force approached the Residency, Lieutenant R H M Aitken VC and a party of the 13th Bengal Native Infantry sallied out of the Baillie Guard Gate to meet them. Aitken then went on to attack the Teree Kotee. The majority of the wounded were left with Colonel Campbell by the Moti Mahal Palace. The enemy attacked him there and on the following day reinforcements were sent to assist him (Private T Duffy VC). That day the wounded were brought into the Residency, though many were killed during the massacre at ‘Dooly Square’.

Citation

 For the intrepidity with which he exposed himself to the fire of the enemy, in bringing in, and attending to, the wounded, on the 25th of September, at Lucknow. (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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