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  • Name: Joseph Charles BRENNAN
  • D.O.B: 1st Jan, 1836
  • D.O.A: 3rd Apr, 1858
  • D.O.D: 24th Sep, 1872
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Gunner 5th Company, 14th Battalion Royal Regiment of Artillery, attached to the Hyderabad Contingent Artillery
  • 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.


 For marked gallantry at the assault of Jhansi, on the 3rd of April, 1858, in bringing up two guns of the Hyderabad Contingent, manned by Natives, lying each under a heavy fire from the walls, and directing them so accurately as to compel the Enemy to abandon his battery. 

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

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