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  • Name: Eustace JOTHAM
  • D.O.B: 28th November, 1883
  • D.O.A: 7th January, 1915
  • D.O.D: 7th January, 1915
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Captain, 51st Sikhs (Frontier Force), Indian Army, attached to the North Waziristan Militia

Spina Khaisora, North Waziristan, India 7 January 1915

7 January 1915

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The First World War 1915 

Britain had declared war on Turkey on 5 November 1914. The Sultan of Turkey, Mehmet V, claimed to be Caliph (Successor of Mohammed) and as such commanded support among some of the Muslims on the North-West Frontier of India. In January 1915 a number of the border tribes launched attacks on British outposts on the Frontier. On 6 January, tribesmen from Khost in Afghanistan menaced British posts in the Tochi Valley. On the 7th Captain E Jotham was sent out from Miranshah, North Waziristan, with thirty-seven mounted sowars (troopers) of the North Waziristan Militia to Spina Khaisora, fifteen miles to the west. As they approached they came upon a very large body of tribesmen and Jotham ordered his men to take refuge in a neighbouring nullah. However, here they were surrounded. They attempted to escape in three parties. Jotham remained until the last party set out but then went to rescue one of his men who had been unhorsed. The sowar mounted behind him but the delay and the extra weight on the pony allowed the tribesmen to catch up with them and both were killed. The Indian Order of Merit, 2nd Class was awarded to Dafadars Darim Khan and Makhmad Jan for this action.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery on 7th January, 1915, at Spina Khaisora (Tochi Valley). During operations against the Khostwal tribesmen, Captain Jotham, who was commanding a party of about a dozen of the North Waziristan Militia, was attacked in a nullah and almost surrounded by an overwhelming force of some 1,500 tribesmen. He gave the order to retire, and could have himself escaped, but most gallantly sacrificed his own life by attempting to effect the rescue of one of his men who had lost his horse. 

Supplement to The London Gazette of 23 July 1915. 24 July 1915, Numb. 29240, p. 7279

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