- Name: John DUNLEY
- D.O.B: 1st January, 1831
- D.O.A: 16th November, 1857
- D.O.D: 17th October, 1890
- Award: Victoria Cross
- Occupation at time of action: Lance Corporal, 93rd (Highland) Regiment of Foot
The Secunderabagh, Lucknow, India 16 November 1857
16 November 1857
The Indian Mutiny 1857 - 59
The rebels had expected Sir Colin Campbell’s force to cross the canal forming the southern defence line of Lucknow between the Char Bagh Bridge and Banks’s House. Instead, on 16 November 1857, Campbell forded it to the east, near its junction with the Gumti. There was little water in it at this point. Once across the canal, British troops stormed and captured the Secunderabagh, a large rectangular walled garden with bastions at its corners, which the mutineers had converted into a stronghold. Eight VCs were awarded to officers and men for gallantry in the assault. Capt A H A Anson VC, attached to 9th (Queen’s Royal) Lancers, also distinguished himself in this action.
For being the first man, now surviving, of the Regiment, who, on the 16th November, 1857, entered one of the breaches in the Secundra Bagh, at Lucknow, with Captain Burroughs, whom he most gallantly supported against superior numbers. Elected by the private soldiers of the Regiment.