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  • Name: James PEARSON
  • D.O.B: 2nd Oct, 1822
  • D.O.A: 23rd May, 1858
  • D.O.D: 23rd Jan, 1900
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 86th (Royal County Down) Regiment of Foot
  • 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 having gallantly attacked a number of armed rebels, on the occasion of the storming of Jhansi, on the 3rd April, 1858, one of whom he killed, and bayonetted two others. He was himself wounded in the attack. Also, for having brought in, at Calpee, under a heavy fire, Private Michael Burns, who afterwards died of his wounds. 

The London Gazette of 1 May 1860, Numb. 22381, p. 1642

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