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  • Name: Harry Hammon LYSTER
  • D.O.B: 24th Dec, 1830
  • D.O.A: 23rd May, 1858
  • D.O.D: 1st Feb, 1922
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Lieutenant, 72nd Bengal Native Infantry, attached to the Staff of the Central India Field Force, Honourable East India Company Forces
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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Kalpi, India 23 May 1858

23 May 1858

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The Indian Mutiny 1857-59 

After his capture of Jhansi on 3 April 1858 the goal of Sir Hugh Rose’s Central India Field Force was Kalpi on the River Jumna. An attempt by Tantya Tope and the Rani of Jhansi to block his advance was defeated at Koonch on 7 May. However, such was the natural strength of the fortress at Kalpi that Rose set up camp at Gulauli, a few miles down river. Here, on 22 May Rao Sahib, nephew of Nana Sahib, and the Rani of Jhansi attacked him. Such was the ferocity of their onslaught that Rose himself had to lead a charge against the enemy before they were eventually driven back. The following day Rose advanced to Kalpi facing some resistance from the retreating enemy but Kalpi itself was found to be abandoned. The rebels made off towards Gwalior.


 For gallantly charging and breaking, singly, a skirmishing square of the retreating Rebel Army from Calpee, and killing two or three Sepoys in the conflict. Major General Sir Hugh Henry Rose G.C.B., reports that this Act of Bravery was witnessed by himself and by Lieutenant Colonel Gall C.B., of the 14th Light Dragoons. 

The London Gazette of 21 October 1859, Numb. 22318, p. 3792

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