- Name: Robert NEWELL
- D.O.B: 1st Nov, 1822
- D.O.A: 19th Mar, 1858
- D.O.D: 11th Jul, 1858
- Award: Victoria Cross
- Occupation at time of action: Private, 9th (Queen’s Royal) Lancers
- Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
The Musa Bagh, Lucknow, India 19 March 1858
19 March 1858
The Indian Mutiny 1857-59
By 14 March 1858 the Kaisarbagh Palace in Lucknow had been secured by the British and on 16 March Sir James Outram crossed the Gumti and recaptured the Residency. Most of the city was now in British hands, but a large body of rebels had retreated to the Musa Bagh, a palace on its north-western outskirts. The British launched a three-pronged attack on it. Colonel Campbell, in command of 1,500 cavalry including the 7th Hussars, was ordered to attack any rebels who sought to escape but, preoccupied with an enemy force in a nearby mud fort, failed to do so. Outram sent two squadrons of 9th Lancers to pursue the fleeing rebels but most escaped.
For conspicuous gallantry at Lucknow, on the 19th of March, 1858, in going to the assistance of a comrade whose horse had fallen on bad ground, and bringing him away, under a heavy fire of musketry from a large body of the enemy. Despatch from Major-General Sir James Hope Grant K.C.B., dated 8th April, 1858.