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  • Name: William George CUBITT
  • D.O.B: 18th Oct, 1835
  • D.O.A: 30th Jun, 1857
  • D.O.D: 25th Jan, 1903
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Lieutenant, 13th Bengal Native Infantry, Honourable East India Company Forces
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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Chinhut, near Lucknow, India 30 June 1857

30 June 1957

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The Indian Mutiny 1857-59 

The Kingdom of Oudh, with its capital at Lucknow, about 250 miles south-east of Delhi, had been annexed by the British in 1856 on the grounds of maladministration by its King, Wajid Ali. British rule was greatly resented and the rising against it attracted widespread support. The situation was so dangerous that on 25 May 1857 Sir Henry Lawrence, the Chief Commissioner of Oudh, ordered all British women and children to move to the Residency. At the end of May there was an insurrection in the city but this was suppressed. However, Lawrence began to fortify the Residency, a compound of 60 acres along the southern bank of the Gumti river. Over the succeeding days British control of Oudh slipped away and on 27 June the British garrison at Cawnpore, about fifty miles south-west of Lucknow, agreed to withdraw but was massacred while doing so. On the 30th Lawrence led a force of 800 men to confront rebels who had advanced to Chinhut, eight miles to the east of Lucknow on the road from Faizabad. In fact, the rebel force was far larger than reported, probably about 15,000 strong, and the British were driven back with heavy losses. Lawrence had no option but to withdraw to Lucknow and to assemble all his forces within the Residency, where the mutineers besieged them.

Citation

 For having on the retreat from Chinhut, on the 30th of June, 1857, saved the lives of three men of the 32nd Regiment, at the risk of his own. 

The London Gazette of 21 June 1859, Numb. 22278, p. 2420

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