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  • Name: Henry WARD
  • D.O.B: 26th Jun, 1823
  • D.O.A: 25th Sep, 1857
  • D.O.D: 12th Sep, 1867
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 78th (Highlanders) Regiment of Foot
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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Lucknow, India 25-26 September 1857

25-26 September 1857

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The Indian Mutiny 1857-59 

Among those wounded at Lucknow on 25 September 1857 was Captain H M Havelock VC, who had played such a gallant role in the charge at the Char Bagh Bridge (see Captain F C Maude VC). Private H Ward stayed with him. On the 26th, Havelock’s cousin by marriage, J Bensley Thornhill of the Bengal Civil Service, offered to guide them and a large party of the wounded into the Residency. Unfortunately, he mistook the way and led the litters into ‘Dooly Square’, between the Gumti and the Kaisarbagh, where Lieutenant Colonel Neill had been killed the day before. The bearers abandoned them and fled and the rebels killed most of the wounded. Thornhill himself was to die subsequently of his injuries. However, Ward forced Havelock’s bearers to go on, bringing him and another soldier to safety.

Citation

 “For his gallant and devoted conduct in having on the night of the 25th, and morning of the 26th September, 1857, remained by the dooly of Captain H. M. Havelock, 10th Regiment, Deputy Assistant-Adjutant-General, Field Force, who was severely wounded, and on the morning of the 26th of September, escorted that Officer and Private Thomas Pilkington, 78th Highlanders, who was also wounded, and had taken refuge in the same dooly, through a very heavy cross fire of ordnance and musketry. This soldier remained by the side of the dooly, and by his example and exertions kept the dooly bearers from dropping their double load, throughout the heavy fire, with the same steadiness as if on parade, thus saving the lives of both, and bringing them in safety to the Baillie Guard.” (Extract from Divisional Orders of Major-General Sir James Outram, G.C.B., dated 27th October, 1857.) 

The London Gazette of 18 June 1858, Numb. 22154, p. 2958

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