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  • Name: James MUNRO
  • D.O.B: 1st Jan, 1827
  • D.O.A: 16th Nov, 1857
  • D.O.D: 15th Feb, 1871
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Colour Sergeant, 93rd (Highland) Regiment of Foot
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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The Secunderabagh, Lucknow, India 16 November 1857

16 November 1857

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The Indian Mutiny 1857-59 

The rebels had expected Sir Colin Campbell’s force to cross the canal forming the southern defence line of Lucknow between the Char Bagh Bridge and Banks’s House. Instead, on 16 November 1857, Campbell forded it to the east, near its junction with the Gumti. There was little water in it at this point. Once across the canal, British troops stormed and captured the Secunderabagh, a large rectangular walled garden with bastions at its corners, which the mutineers had converted into a stronghold. Eight VCs were awarded to officers and men for gallantry in the assault. Capt A H A Anson VC, attached to 9th (Queen’s Royal) Lancers, also distinguished himself in this action.


 For devoted gallantry, at Secunderabagh, on the 16th November, 1857, in having promptly rushed to the rescue of Captain E. Walsh, of the same corps, when wounded, and in danger of his life, whom he carried to a place of comparative safety, to which place the Serjeant was brought in, very shortly afterwards, badly wounded. 

The London Gazette of 9 November 1860, Numb. 22445, p. 4126

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