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  • Name: John SIMPSON
  • D.O.B: 29th Jan, 1826
  • D.O.A: 15th Apr, 1858
  • D.O.D: 27th Oct, 1884
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Quartermaster Sergeant, 42nd (Royal Highlanders) Regiment of Foot
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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Fort Ruiya, India 15 April 1858

15 April 1858

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The Indian Mutiny 1857-59 

After the capture of Lucknow, the Governor General Lord Canning ordered the pacification of the province of Rohilkhand, north-west of Oudh. Brigadier General Walpole set out with a Field Force to accomplish this. On 15 April 1858 he stopped to reduce a Fort at Ruiya, about fifty miles north-west of Lucknow. The frontal assault which he launched proved a disaster. It occasioned heavy casualties and failed to capture the fort, though the rebels abandoned it during the night. Amongst those killed were Brigadier Adrian Hope and Lieutenant Edward Willoughby, brother of Lieutenant G D Willoughby, one of the nine heroic defenders of the Delhi Magazine.

Citation

 For conspicuous bravery at the attack on the Fort of Ruhya, on the 15th April, 1858, in having volunteered to go to an exposed point within forty yards of the parapet of the Fort, under a heavy fire, and brought in, first Lieutenant Douglas, and afterwards a Private soldier, both of whom were dangerously wounded. 

The London Gazette of 27 May 1859, Numb. 22268, p. 2106

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