27 December 2009

Victoria Cross: Heneage, Ward, Hollis and Pearson


Captain, 8th Hussars (King's Royal Irish)

Born: 6 March 1831, Compton Bassett, Wiltshire
Died: 9 December 1901, Compton Bassett, Wiltshire


Serjeant, 8th Hussars (King's Royal Irish)

Born: 1832, Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland
Died: 23 November 1872, Longford, County Longford, Ireland


Farrier, 8th Hussars (King's Royal Irish)

Born: October 1833, Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire
Died: 16 May 1879, Exeter, Devonshire


Private, 8th Hussars (King's Royal Irish)

Born: 19 January 1825, Leacroft, Leeds, Yorkshire
Died: 18 April 1892, Lion's Head, Bruce County, Ontario, Canada

Joint Citation: Selected for the Victoria Cross by their companions in the gallant charge made by a squadron of the Regiment at Gwalior, on the 17th of June, 1858, when, supported by a division of the Bombay Horse Artillery, and Her Majesty's 95th Regiment, they routed the enemy, who were advancing against Brigadier Smith's position, charged through the rebel camp into two batteries, capturing and bringing into their camp two of the enemy's guns, under a heavy and converging fire from the Fort and Town.

(London Gazette Issue 22223 dated 28 Jan 1869, published 28 Jan 1869.)

Private Pearson's medals

Note: These four men were elected by the Regiment to receive the Victoria Cross under Rule 13 of the Royal Warrant of 29th January, 1856.

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