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  • Name: Peter McMANUS
  • D.O.B: 1st Mar, 1829
  • D.O.A: 26th Sep, 1857
  • D.O.D: 27th Apr, 1859
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 1st Battalion 5th Regiment of Foot (Northumberland Fusiliers)
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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A Siege near ‘Dooly Square’, Lucknow, India 26 September 1857

26 September 1857

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The Indian Mutiny 1857-59 

When on 26 September 1857, the litters carrying the wounded towards the Residency at Lucknow were ambushed in ‘Dooly Square’, a small group of soldiers took refuge in a nearby house. Here, under the leadership of Surgeon A D Home, and Private J Hollowell, 78th Regiment, 90th Regiment, they held out against all the odds. Amongst the defenders, Privates P McManus, Northumberland Fusiliers, and J Ryan, 1st Madras (European) Fusiliers, succeeded in rescuing Captain Arnold from the massacre that was taking place outside. When the mutineers set fire to the roof of the house, the party fled to other buildings, and finally to a shed from which they were rescued next morning.

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 On the same occasion, Private McManus kept outside the house, until he was himself wounded, and under cover of a pillar, kept firing on the sepoys and preventing their rushing on the house. He also, in conjunction with Private John Ryan, rushed into the street, and took Captain Arnold, of the 1st Madras Fusiliers, out of a dooly, and brought him into the house in spite of a heavy fire, in which Captain Arnold was again wounded. (Extract from Divisional Orders of Major-General Sir James Outram, G.C.B., dated 14th October, 1857.) 

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

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