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  • Name: Michael SLEAVON
  • D.O.B: 1st Jan, 1827
  • D.O.A: 3rd Apr, 1858
  • D.O.D: 1st Aug, 1902
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Corporal, 21 Field Company, Corps of Royal Engineers, 1st Brigade
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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Jhansi, India 3 April 1858

3 April 1858

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The Indian Mutiny 1857-59 

At dawn on 3 April 1858 Sir Hugh Rose stormed Jhansi. The Right Attack was at first frustrated in its attempt to use scaling ladders until some men made their way through a breach in the walls and cleared the ramparts. The 86th Regiment in the Left Attack scaled the walls and captured the palace. By the following day most of the city was in British hands. However, the Rani had managed to make good her escape.

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 For determined bravery at the attack of the Fort of Jhansi, on the 3rd of April, 1858, in maintaining his position at the head of a sap, and continuing the work under a heavy fire, with a cool and steady determination worthy of the highest praise. 

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

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