06 March 2011

Victoria Cross: J. Travers


Colonel, 2nd Bengal Native Infantry

Born: 6 October 1821, Cork, County Cork, Ireland
Died: 1 April 1884, Pallanza, Italy

Citation: For a daring act of bravery, in July, 1857, when the Indore Presidency was suddenly attacked by Holkar's Troops, in having charged the guns with only five men to support him, and driven the Gunners from the guns, thereby creating a favourable diversion, which saved the lives of many persons, fugitives to the Residency.
It is stated that Officers who were present considered that the effect of the charge was to enable many Europeans to escape from actual slaughter, and time was gained which enabled the faithful Bhopal Artillery to man their guns. Colonel Travers's horse was shot in three places, and his accoutrements were shot through in various parts. He commanded the Bhopal Levy.

[London Gazette issue 22485 dated 1 Mar 1861, published 1 Mar 1861.]

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