- Name: John SMITH
- D.O.B: 1st Jul, 1822
- D.O.A: 16th Nov, 1857
- D.O.D: 6th May, 1866
- Award: Victoria Cross
- Occupation at time of action: Private, 1st Madras (European) Fusiliers, Honourable East India Company Forces
- Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
The Secunderabagh, Lucknow, India 16 November 1857
16 November 1857
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 having been one of the first to try and enter the gateway on the north side of the Secundra Bagh. On the gateway being burst open, he was one of the first to enter, and was surrounded by the enemy. He received a sword-cut on the head, a bayonet wound on the left side, and a contusion from the butt end of a musket on the right shoulder, notwithstanding which he fought his way out, and continued to perform his duties for the rest of the day. Elected by the private soldiers of the detachment, 1st Madras Fusiliers.