07 November 2010

Victoria Cross: G. N. Channer


Captain (later Brevet Major), Bengal Staff Corps

Born: 7 January 1843, Allahabad, India
Died: 13 December 1905, Westward Ho!, Devonshire

Citation: For having, with the greatest gallantry, been the first to jump into the Enemy's Stockade [in Perak, Malaya], to which he had been dispatched with a small party of the 1st Ghoorkha Light Infantry, on the afternoon of the 20th December, 1875, by the Officer commanding the Malacca Column, to procure intelligence as to its strength, position, &c.
Major Channer got completely in rear of the Enemy's position, and finding himself so close that he could hear the voices of the men inside, who were cooking at the time, and keeping no look out, he beckoned to his men, and the whole party stole quietly forward to within a few paces of the Stockade. On jumping in, he shot the first man dead with his revolver, and his party then came up, and entered the Stockade, which was of a most formidable nature, surrounded by a bamboo palisade; about seven yards within was a log-house, loop-holed, with two narrow entrances, and trees laid latitudinally, to the thickness of two feet.
The Officer commanding reports that if Major Channer, by his foresight, coolness and intrepidity, had not taken this Stockade, a great loss of life must have occurred, as from the fact of his being unable to bring guns to bear on it, from the steepness of the hill, and the density of the jungle, it must have been taken at the point of the bayonet.

[London Gazette issue 24314 dated 12 Apr 1876, published 14 Apr 1876.]

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