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  • Name: James CHAMPION
  • D.O.B: 1st Jan, 1833
  • D.O.A: 19th Jun, 1858
  • D.O.D: 4th May, 1904
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Troop Sergeant Major, 8th (The King’s Royal Irish) Regiment (Light) Dragoons (Hussars)
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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Bijapur, Central India 8 September 1858

8 September 1858

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The Indian Mutiny 1857-59 

On 8 September 1858, at Bijapur, near Gunah, south of Gwalior, forty men of the 8th Hussars, the regiment which had played such a gallant role at Kotah-ki-Serai, near Gwalior, on 19 June 1858, came upon a much larger rebel force bathing in the River Parbati and, after fierce hand- to-hand fighting, put them to flight.

Citation

 For distinguished bravery at Beejapore on the 8th of September, 1858, when both the Officers attached to the Troop were disabled, and himself severely wounded at the commencement of the action by a ball through his body, in having continued at his duty forward, throughout the pursuit, and disabled several of the Enemy with his pistol. Also recommended for distinguished conduct at Gwalior. 

The London Gazette of 20 January 1860, Numb. 22347, p. 178

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