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  • Name: Thomas DUFFY
  • D.O.B: 1st Jan, 1805
  • D.O.A: 26th Sep, 1857
  • D.O.D: 23rd Dec, 1868
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 1st Madras (European) Fusiliers, Honourable East India Company Forces
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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The Moti Mahal, Lucknow, India 26 September 1857

26 September 1857

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The Indian Mutiny 1857-59 

Throughout 26 September 1875 Lieutenant Colonel R P Campbell who had remained by the Moti Mahal Palace, Lucknow, partly to guard the wounded, came under heavy attack. This rendered it difficult and dangerous to move the guns which had been used against the rebels during the previous day’s march to the Residency. A 24-pounder was in particular danger of being captured by the mutineers. After nightfall, Private T Duffy, directed by Captain W Olpherts VC, succeeded in attaching ropes to the gun so it could be dragged away by bullocks.

Citation

 For his cool intrepidity and daring skill, whereby a 24-pounder gun was saved from falling into the hands of the enemy. (Extract from Divisional Orders of Major-General Sir James Outram, G.C.B., dated 16th October, 1857.) 

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

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