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  • Name: James Reynolds ROBERTS
  • D.O.B: 1st Jan, 1826
  • D.O.A: 28th Sep, 1857
  • D.O.D: 1st Aug, 1859
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 9th (Queen’s Royal) Lancers
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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Bulandshahr, India 28 September 1857

28 September 1857

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The Indian Mutiny 1857-59 

After the recapture of Delhi, Colonel E H Greathed led a force into the Gangetic Doab, the area between the two Rivers Jumna and Ganges. On 28 September 1857 Greathed confronted the forces of Nawab Walidad Khan at Bulandshahr, fifty miles south-east of Delhi. One of the British columns was engaged by the enemy at a crossroads outside the town, while the other column, with two guns under Lieutenant G Cracklow, was engaged in heavy fighting within it. Once Bulandshahr was secured, Walidad Khan’s abandoned stronghold at Malagarh, five miles away, was also taken. This was destroyed on 1 October but Lieutenant D C Home VC, sole survivor of the group of engineers who had blown up the Kashmir Gate two weeks earlier, was accidentally killed in the process. Greathed’s column then advanced south to Agra.

Citation

 For conspicuous gallantry at Bolundshahur, on the 28th of September, 1857, in bringing a comrade, mortally wounded, through a street under a heavy musketry fire, in which service he was himself wounded. Despatch from Major-General Sir James Hope Grant, K.C.B., dated 8th April, 1858). 

The London Gazette of 24 December 1858, Numb. 22212, p. 5517

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