- Name: William McBEAN
- D.O.B: 1st Jan, 1818
- D.O.A: 11th Mar, 1858
- D.O.D: 23rd Jun, 1878
- Award: Victoria Cross
- Occupation at time of action: Lieutenant and Adjutant, 93rd Regiment of Foot
- Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
The Begum Kothi, Lucknow, India 11 March 1858
11 March 1858
The Indian Mutiny 1857-59
On 10 March 1858 Sir Colin Campbell’s force had occupied Banks’ House on the Lucknow side of the canal and began the bombardment of the Begum’s Palace, the Begum Kothi (also known as the Begum Bagh) to the north-west. The following day the 93rd Highlanders and the 4th Punjab Rifles under Brigadier Adrian Hope stormed the building. There was fierce fighting and over six hundred of the defenders were killed. During the next two days the rebels harassed British positions near the Begum Kothi.
For distinguished personal bravery in killing eleven of the enemy with his own hand in the main breach of the Begum Bagh at Lucknow, on the 11th March, 1858.