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  • Name: Arthur MAYO
  • D.O.B: 18th May, 1840
  • D.O.A: 22nd Nov, 1857
  • D.O.D: 18th May, 1920
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Midshipman, No 4 Detachment, Indian Naval Brigade, Indian Navy, Honourable East India Company Forces
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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Dacca, India 22 November 1857

22 November 1857

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The Indian Mutiny 1857-59 

After a mutiny amongst native troops at Chittagong on 18 November 1857, Lieutenant T E Lewis commanding a detachment of the Indian Naval Brigade from the steam frigate Punjaub, attempted to disarm two companies of the 73rd Bengal Native Infantry at Dacca (now capital of Bangladesh). The sepoys were prepared to defend themselves and had two six-pounder guns at their disposal. Midshipman A Mayo, who was aged only seventeen, led a charge against the mutineers who were routed, many of the survivors fleeing north to Bhutan.


 For having headed the charge on the 22nd of November, 1857, in the engagement between the Indian Naval Brigade and the mutineers of the 73rd Native Infantry, and Bengal Artillery, when the former was ordered to charge 2 six-pounders which were keeping up a heavy fire. Mr. Mayo was nearly 20 yards in front of anyone else during the advance. 

The London Gazette of 25 February 1862, Numb. 22601, p. 958

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