- Name: Peter GILL
- D.O.B: 1st Sep, 1821
- D.O.A: 4th Jun, 1857
- D.O.D: 24th Oct, 1868
- Award: Victoria Cross
- Occupation at time of action: Sergeant Major, The Regiment of Ludhiana, Honourable East India Company Forces
- Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
Benares, India 4 June 1857
4 June 1857
The Indian Mutiny 1857-59
As news of the events at Meerut and Delhi spread, there were mutinies in various garrisons across northern India. At Benares (modern Varanasi), over four hundred miles south-east of Delhi along the Grand Trunk Road, on 4 June 1857 the authorities decided to disarm the 37th Native Infantry. The sepoys were paraded but, fearing what might happen to them, rushed to retake possession of the weapons they had just surrendered. At this, the British opened fire and fighting broke out. Private J Kirk, 1st Battalion, 10th (The North Lincolnshire) Regiment, and Sergeant Major P Gill, The Ludhiana Regiment, and Sergeant Major M Rosamond, 37th Bengal Native Infantry, took part in the rescue of Captain Brown and his family, who lived in an isolated bungalow. In fact, the disturbances at Benares were soon contained and by 6 June the district was reported quiet.
This Non-Commissioned Officer also conducted himself with gallantry at Benares, on the night of the 4th of June, 1857. He volunteered, with Serjeant-Major Rosamond, of the 37th Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry, to bring in Captain Brown, Pension Paymaster, and his family, from a detached Bungalow to the Barracks, as above recorded, and saved the life of the Quartermaster- Sergeant of the 25th Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry, in the early part of the evening, by cutting off the head of the Sepoy who had just bayonetted him. Serjeant-Major Gill states, that on the same night he faced a Guard of 27 men, with only a Serjeant’s sword; and it is also represented that he twice saved the life of Major Barrett, 27th Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry, when attacked by Sepoys of his own Regiment.