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  • Name: Samuel TURNER
  • D.O.B: 1st Feb, 1826
  • D.O.A: 20th Jun, 1857
  • D.O.D: 13th Jun, 1868
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 1st Battalion 60th (The King’s Royal Rifle Corps) Regiment of Foot
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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Outside the British Camp, Delhi, India 19-20 June 1857

19-20 June 1857

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The Indian Mutiny 1857-59 

On 19 June 1857, a large body of mutineers managed to cross the Najafgarh canal west of the Delhi Ridge unobserved and prepared to launch an assault on the rear of the relatively undefended British Camp. Brigadier Grant led 500 cavalry and twelve guns against them. The fighting continued after nightfall, when the British infantry joined the battle. Together cavalry and infantry succeeded in holding off the rebels but they had not defeated them and the mutineers attacked again on the following day before they were dispersed. Had the rebels been more determined they could have cut off British communications with the Punjab and the besiegers would have found themselves besieged. As it was, during the fighting some of the British guns had been under great threat.

Citation

 For having, at Delhi, on the night of the 19th of June, 1857, during a severe conflict with the Enemy, who attacked the rear of the Camp, carried off on his shoulders, under a heavy fire, a mortally wounded Officer, Lieutenant Humphreys, of the Indian Service. During this service, Private Turner was wounded by a sabre cut in the right arm. His gallant conduct saved the above- named Officer from the fate of others, whose mangled remains were not recovered until the following day. 

The London Gazette of 20 January 1860, Numb. 22347, p. 179

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