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  • Name: Same (John) SHAW
  • D.O.A: 13th Jun, 1858
  • D.O.D: 27th Dec, 1859
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 3rd Battalion The Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort’s Own)
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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Nawabgunge, Lucknow, India 13 June 1858

13 June 1858

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The Indian Mutiny 1857-59 

After the capture of Lucknow, Brigadier Hope Grant in command of the Lucknow Field Force attempted to restore order in Oudh. On 12 June 1858 he defeated a large force of rebels at Nawabgunge on the Fyzabad Road, north-east of Lucknow, having got behind the rebel army. Captains C C Fraser VC and A H A Anson VC were to the fore in the fighting. According to his Citation Private Same Shaw’s VC action took place at Nawabgunge the following day.


 For the Act of Bravery recorded in a despatch from Major-General James Hope Grant, K.C.B., Commanding the Lucknow Field Force, to the Deputy Adjutant-General of the Army, of which the following is an extract:
Nowabgunge, 17th June, 1858.
“I have to bring to notice the conduct of Private Same Shaw, of the 3rd Battalion, Rifle Brigade, who is recommended by his Commanding Officer for the Victoria Cross. “An armed rebel had been seen to enter a tope of trees. Some officers and men ran into the tope in pursuit of him. This man was a Ghazee. Private Shaw drew his short sword, and with that weapon rushed single-handed on the Ghazee. Shaw received a severe tulwar wound, but after a desperate struggle, he killed the man. “I trust his Excellency will allow me to recommend this man for the Victoria Cross, and that he will approve of my having issued a Division Order, stating that I have done so.”

The London Gazette of 26 October 1858, Numb. 22194, pp. 4574-5

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