- Name: Thomas FLYNN
- D.O.B: 1st Aug, 1842
- D.O.A: 28th Nov, 1857
- D.O.D: 10th Aug, 1892
- Award: Victoria Cross
- Occupation at time of action: Drummer, 64th (2nd Staffordshire) Regiment of Foot
- Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
Cawnpore, India 28 November 1857
India 28 November 1857
The Indian Mutiny 1857-59
On 26-27 November 1857 the small force under Major-General Windham, which had been left to defend Cawnpore, was defeated by rebels under Tantya Tope and driven into an entrenchment guarding the Bridge of Boats across the Ganges, which gave access to the Lucknow road. Fighting however continued. On the 28th Windham counter-attacked the mutineers but his men were driven back into the entrenchment. During this action in a charge made by the 64th Regiment against an enemy battery both Brigadier N Wilson and Major T Stirling were killed. Meanwhile, on 27 November, Sir Colin Campbell began the march back from Lucknow leaving Sir James Outram with a garrison at the Alam Bagh, south of the city. On 6 December, Campbell defeated Tantya Tope at Cawnpore but most of the mutineers managed to escape towards Kalpi or Bithur.
For conspicuous gallantry, in the charge on the Enemy’s guns on the 28th November, 1857, when, being himself wounded, he engaged in a hand to hand encounter two of the Rebel Artillerymen.