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  • Name: Charles Augustus GOODFELLOW
  • D.O.B: 26th Nov, 1836
  • D.O.A: 6th Oct, 1859
  • D.O.D: 1st Sep, 1915
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Lieutenant, Bombay Engineers, attached to 4th Company Bombay Sappers and Miners, Honourable East India Company Forces
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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Fort of Beyt, India 6 October 1859

6 October 1859

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The Indian Mutiny 1857-59 

How far the rising of the Waghers in Kathiawar, the southern maritime peninsula of Gujerat, forms part of the Indian Mutiny proper has been the subject of debate. The Fort of Beyt, on an island in the Gulf of Kutch off the western coast of the Kathiawar peninsula, had for centuries been a notorious pirate stronghold. When rebellion broke out among the Waghers in 1858, the British attempted to capture it but failed. When there was a further rising in 1859, an Okamundel and Kathiawar Field Force was sent under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Donovan, 33rd Regiment. On 6 October 1859 they unsuccessfully attacked Beyt. However during the night the rebels abandoned the Fort and shortly afterwards that of Dwarka nearby. The Waghers were not finally subdued until 1860.


 For gallant conduct at the attack on the Fort of Beyt, on the 6th of October, 1859. On that occasion, a soldier of the 28th Regiment was shot under the walls of the Fort. Lieutenant Goodfellow rushed under the walls, under a sharp fire of matchlocks, and bore off the body of the soldier, who was then dead, but whom he at first supposed to be wounded only. 

The London Gazette of 17 April 1863, Numb. 22727, p. 2071

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