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  • Name: Hugh Henry GOUGH
  • D.O.B: 14th Nov, 1833
  • D.O.A: 25th Feb, 1858
  • D.O.D: 12th May, 1909
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Lieutenant, Hodson’s Horse ex 3rd Bengal Light Cavalry, Honourable East India Company Forces
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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Near the Alam Bagh, Lucknow, India 12 November 1857; Jellalabad, Lucknow, India 25 February 1858

12 November 1857 and 25 February 1858

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The Indian Mutiny 1857-59 

On 12 November 1857 Sir Colin Campbell began the final leg of his march towards Lucknow. His advanced guard was attacked by two guns and enemy infantry near Jellalabad Fort, south of the Alam Bagh. Lieutenant H H Gough with a party of Hodson’s Horse outflanked the rebels and charged them putting them to flight. The Second Relief of the Residency was accomplished on 17 November and it was evacuated on the 23rd. It was to be March 1858 before Campbell undertook the final reduction of Lucknow. On 25 February 1858, again near Jellalabad Fort, Hodson’s Horse attacked a force of mutineers retreating towards Lucknow.


 Lieutenant Gough, when in command of a party of Hodson’s Horse, near Alumbagh, on the 12th of November, 1857, particularly distinguished himself by his forward bearing in charging across a swamp, and capturing two guns, although defended by a vastly superior body of the enemy. On this occasion he had his horse wounded in two places, and his turban cut through by sword cuts, whilst engaged in combat with three Sepoys. Lieutenant Gough also particularly distinguished himself, near Jellalabad, Lucknow, on the 25th February, 1858, by showing a brilliant example to his Regiment, when ordered to charge the enemy’ s guns, and by his gallant and forward conduct, he enabled them to effect their object. On this occasion, he engaged himself in a series of single combats, until at length he was disabled by a musket ball through the leg, while charging two Sepoys with fixed bayonets. Lieutenant Gough on this day had two horses killed under him, a shot through his helmet, and another through his scabbard, besides being severely wounded. 

The London Gazette of 24 December 1858, Numb. 22212, p. 5516

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