- Name: David SPENCE
- D.O.B: 1st Jan, 1818
- D.O.A: 27th Jan, 1858
- D.O.D: 17th Apr, 1877
- Award: Victoria Cross
- Occupation at time of action: Troop Sergeant Major, 9th (Queen’s Royal) Lancers
- Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
Shamshabad, India 27 January 1858
27 January 1858
The Indian Mutiny 1857-59
After the recapture of Fatehgarh on 3 January 1858, Sir Colin Campbell had to await the arrival of a siege train from Agra before proceeding against Lucknow. Anxious to disguise the fact that his intention was to move into Oudh, he cultivated the impression that his true target was Rohilkhand to the north. Accordingly, he sent a column under Brigadier J Hope Grant along the Ramganga river. To oppose this, the mutineers crossed the Ramganga and seized Shamshabad, north of Fatehgarh but were defeated there on 27 January 1858 by a force under Brigadier A Hope. Captain C J S Gough VC also distinguished himself in this action.
For conspicuous gallantry on the 17th of January, 1858, at Shumsabad, in going to the assistance of Private Kidd, who had been wounded, and his horse disabled, and bringing him out from a large number of rebels. Despatch from Major General Sir James Hope Grant, K.C.B., dated 8th April, 1858.