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  • Name: Frederick WHIRLPOOL
  • D.O.B: 1st Jan, 1829
  • D.O.A: 6th May, 1858
  • D.O.D: 24th Jun, 1899
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 3rd Bombay (European) Regiment, 2nd Brigade, Central India Field Force, Honourable East India Company Forces
  • 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.

Citation

 For gallantly volunteering on the 3rd of April, 1858, in the attack on Jhansi, to return and carry away several killed and wounded, which he did twice under a very heavy fire from the wall; also, for devoted bravery at the Assault of Lohari, on the 2nd of May, 1858, in rushing to the rescue of Lieutenant Doune, of the Regiment, who was dangerously wounded. In this service, Private Whirlpool received seventeen desperate wounds, one of which nearly severed his head from his body. The gallant example shewn by this man is considered to have greatly contributed to the success of the day. 

The London Gazette of 21 October 1859, Numb. 22318, p. 3793

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