- Name: James DAVIS
- D.O.B: 1st Feb, 1835
- D.O.A: 15th Apr, 1858
- D.O.D: 2nd Feb, 1893
- Award: Victoria Cross
- Occupation at time of action: Private, 42nd (The Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot
- Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
Fort Ruiya, India 15 April 1858
15 April 1858
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.
For conspicuous gallantry, at the attack on the Fort of Ruhya, when, with an advanced party, to point out the gate of the Fort to the Engineer Officer, Private Davis offered to carry the body of Lieutenant Bramley, who was killed at this point, to the Regiment. He performed this duty of danger and affection under the very walls of the Fort.