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  • Name: Bernard McQUIRT
  • D.O.B: 30th Dec, 1828
  • D.O.A: 6th Jan, 1858
  • D.O.D: 5th Oct, 1888
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 95th (Derbyshire) Regiment of Foot, attached to the Central India Field Force
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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Rowa, India 6 January 1858

6 January 1858

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On 3 January 1858 the left wing of the 95th Regiment, under Colonel J Raines, left Deesa in northern Gujerat to march north to Nasirabad, just south of Ajmer, in Rajasthan. On 6 January it attacked and captured the fortified village of Rowa. The first officer over the walls was Captain McGowan in command of the 10th Bengal Native Infantry detachment. When McGowan was cut down, Private B McQuirt helped rescue him from his assailants with the assistance of Sepoy Suddoo Surpuray of the 10th. McQuirt was awarded the VC for his gallantry and Suddoo Surpuray was promoted to the rank of Naik at Colonel Raines’ request.

Citation

 For gallant conduct on the 6th of January, 1858, at the capture of the entrenched town of Rowa, when he was severely and dangerously wounded in a hand to hand fight with three men, of whom he killed one and wounded another. He received five sabre cuts and a musket shot in this service. 

The London Gazette of 11 November 1859, Numb. 22324, p. 4032

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