- Name: James BYRNE
- D.O.B: 1st Jan, 1822
- D.O.A: 3rd Apr, 1858
- D.O.D: 6th Dec, 1872
- Award: Victoria Cross
- Occupation at time of action: Private, 86th (Royal County Down) Regiment of Foot
- Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
Jhansi, India 3 April 1858
3 April 1858
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.
For gallant conduct on the 3rd of April, 1858, at the attack of the Fort of Jhansi, in carrying Lieutenant Sewell, who was lying badly wounded, to a place of safety, under a very heavy fire, assisted by Captain Jerome, in the performance of which act he was wounded by a sword cut.