Duncan Charles Home


Duncan Charles Home
Duncan Charles Home
VCDuncanCharlesHome.jpg
Born 10 June 1828
Jabalpur, British India
Died 1 October 1857 (aged 29)
Malagarh, India
Buried at Bolandsharh Cemetery, Aligarh
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Bengal Army
Years of service 1848–1857 
Rank Lieutenant
Unit Bengal Engineers
Battles/wars Second Anglo-Sikh War
Indian Mutiny
Awards Victoria Cross

Duncan Charles Home VC (10 June 1828 – 1 October 1857) was a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Contents

Details

Home was 29 years old, and a lieutenant in the Bengal Engineers, Bengal Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed took place on 14 September 1857 during the Siege of Delhi, India for which he, Lieutenant Philip Salkeld, Sergeant John Smith and bugler Robert Hawthorne was awarded the VC:

Lieutenants Duncan Charles Home- and Philip Salkeld, Bengal Engineers, upon whom the Victoria Cross was provisionally conferred by Major-General Sir Archdale Wilson, Bart., K.C.B., for their conspicuous bravery in the performance of the desperate duty of blowing in the Cashmere Gate of tho Fortress of Delhi, in broad daylight, under a heavy fire of musketry, on the morning of the 14th September, 1857, preparatory to the assault, would have been recommended to Her Majesty for confirmation in that distinction, had they survived.[1]

He was killed in action at Malagarh, India, on 1 October 1857.

The medal

The original medal was lost in 1920 when children of the then owner played "Soldiers" in a field near the house. Despite many searches it has not been found.

References

  1. ^ London Gazette: no. 22154. p. 2960. 18 June 1858. Retrieved 19 September 2009.

External links


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Duncan Arsenault — drumming with The Curtain Society, October 2006 Background information Born August 28, 1974 (1974 08 28) …   Wikipedia

  • Duncan Edwards — The statue of Edwards in the centre of his hometown of Dudley …   Wikipedia

  • Duncan and Brady — Roud #4177 Laws L19 Written by Traditional Published 1925[1] Language English Form Ballad, Murder ballad Original artist Wilmer Watts his Lonely Eagles (1929) …   Wikipedia

  • Duncan Lunan — Born 24 October 1945 (1945 10 24) (age 66) Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom Occupation science and science fiction writer, astronomer, journalist Nationality …   Wikipedia

  • Charles Laquidara — in Maui, 2009 Born November 24, 1938 (1938 11 24) (age 72) Milford, Massachusetts …   Wikipedia

  • Charles Darwin's education — gave him a foundation in the doctrine of Creation prevalent throughout the West at the time, as well as knowledge of medicine and theology. More significantly, it led to his interest in natural history, which culminated in his taking part in the… …   Wikipedia

  • Charles Bolles — Charles Earl Bolles (1829 ndash;Disappeared 1888?), alias Black Bart, was an American Old West outlaw noted for his poetic messages left after each robbery. He was also known as Charles E. Boles, C.E. Bolton, Charles E. Bowles, and Black Bart the …   Wikipedia

  • Charles Darwin's health — Charles Darwin (1809 1882) For much of his adult life, Charles Darwin s health was repeatedly compromised by an uncommon combination of symptoms, leaving him severely debilitated for long periods of time. However, in some ways this may have… …   Wikipedia

  • Duncan Armstrong — Personal information Full name Duncan John D Arcy Armstrong Nationality  Australia Born 7 April 1968 …   Wikipedia

  • Charles D. B. Green — Charles Duncan Bremner Green Born 14 August 1897 Toronto, Canada Died 3 October 1941 Toronto, Canada Mount Pleasant Cemetery Toronto, Canada …   Wikipedia