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  • Name: Francis Edward Henry FARQUHARSON
  • D.O.B: 25th Mar, 1837
  • D.O.A: 9th Mar, 1858
  • D.O.D: 12th Sep, 1875
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Lieutenant, 42nd (The Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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Outside Lucknow, India 9 March 1858

9 March 1858

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The Indian Mutiny 1857-59 

On 9 March 1858, while Sir James Outram’s force advanced along the far side of the River Gumti at Lucknow, on the southern side of the Gumti Sir Colin Campbell launched a successful attack on La Martinière led by the 42nd Highlanders. When it had been secured, Outram’s men on the other side of the river realized that enemy guns protecting the mutineers’ defence line along the canal skirting the south of the city had been abandoned. Lieutenant T A Butler, 1st Bengal (European) Fusiliers, swam the Gumti and braved enemy fire to bring news of this to Campbell’s men, who then occupied the deserted positions. Butler then swam back to rejoin his own regiment.

Citation

 For conspicuous bravery, when engaged before Lucknow, on the 9th March, 1858, in having led a portion of his Company, stormed a bastion mounting two guns, and spiked the guns, by which the advanced position, held during the night of the 9th of March, was rendered secure from the fire of Artillery. Lieutenant Farquharson was severely wounded, while holding an advanced position, on the morning of the 10th of March. 

The London Gazette of 21 June 1859, Numb. 22278, p. 2420

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