“Here I am writing by candlelight at 8 A.M. It has been raining very heavily since 12 o’clock yesterday, and it is so dark we cannot see without a candle…” (Major Charles Reid, August 1st)

1st August

Bengal Field Artillery
Sergeant David Noonan – slightly wounded in left arm
Gunner Daniel Fitzgerald – fatally bitten by cobra

“About 1 o’clock heavy mortars were taken out to the force in our rear. Elephants, camels, covered carts &C., were laden with tents, ammunition, baggage so they were determined to make themselves comfortable. A 24-pounder round shot just came through one of the upper rooms and killed one of my poor little fellows. The poor fellow cut completely in two. The poor old house is now somewhat shaky. I must have more sandbags placed to-night to strengthen the walls. The rascals are now coming out, so I must put down my pencil…”

Perfectly wonderful how I escape. Round shot, shell and musket balls come phit, phit, phish, past my old head, but still here it is, safe on my shoulders.” (Major Charles Reid, August 1st)

“Poor Willock of the 6th Cavalry, got a very bad fall yesterday. The horse seems to have rolled over him, and hurt his kidneys much. Tombs fainted away while on escort duty yesterday; he had been ill with diarrhoea and started very weak. Blair was so ill from diarrhoea and spasms that he was obliged to return to camp… I saw Light this morning, a perfect wreck from dysentery.” (Brevet-Major O.H.St.G. Anson, 1st August)

1/60th Foot

Corporal John Norris – slightly wounded
There is a note in the book of Dr. Williamson, “Gunshot Injuries from the Mutiny in India” (1859) of Corporal John Jackson of the 60th, wounded at Delhi on the 2nd of August,
“…by a musket-ball in right eye, which took an unascertained course ; there was not much loss of blood,
and he was for about five weeks in nearly an unconscious state.
July 20th (1858). Has lost the use of right eye, the humours having escaped; lids not much injured; has occasional headach, and has lost the sense of smell ; is otherwise in good health.
Was supplied with a glass eye.”

He was pronouced fit for duty on the 21st of July, 1858.

Benham, William – killed in action
Higgins, John – slightly wounded (regt.No. 2198)
Jackson, John – severely wounded
McHugh, John – severely wounded
Walker, William – slightly wounded

2nd August

“One officer (Lieutenant Travers,(1st Punjab Infantry) and nine men were killed, and 36 wounded. The enemy’s loss seemed to be immense; 127 dead bodies were counted in front of a breastwork to the
right of the ‘Sammy House,’ and many more were lying in other places. During the darkness too, no doubt, many bodies were carried off.”
(Lt. Norman’s Narrative, Forrest, ‘Selections of Letters and Dispatches’, pp 460)

Lieutenant Eaton Joseph Travers – killed in action at Delhi
Attached to the 1st Punjab Infantry (1st Regt). Aged 29. Son of Major-General Robert Travers, KCMG, CB (Rifle Brigade). Joined the Bengal Army in 1845. Husband of Harriet Aylmer.
Grave at Rajpura Cemetery, Delhi – “Lieutenant E.J. Travers killed in the advanced trenches at Hindu Rao’s house, on the 2nd August.” According to Anson, he was shot through the right side of the head and “lingered a few hours.”

Bengal Field Artillery
Ebling, Henry – severely wounded in both legs by shell splinters
McCarroll, Peter – slightly wounded
Moore, James – killed in action

1/60th Foot

Colour-Sergeant Alex Williamson – killed in action. According to Reverend Rotton, he was “shot in the head and never moved or spoke again.”

Chivers, Thomas – killed in action (Reverend Rotton also writes of a soldier named Cheevers, whom he had prepared for confirmation in December 1856, as having his hand severed from his arm by round shot).
Walker, William – slightly wounded

61st Foot
Power, Nicholas – slightly wounded in hand
Storey, Hugh – killed in action

“The engagement commenced at sunset on the 1st, lasted the whole night and until 4 P.M. yesterday. The mutineers tried very hard to get in our rear… they managed to erect a bridge across the canal at Bussie, but it was carried away by the flood. Their guns were for some time on one side, and Infantry and Cavalry on the other. This report was sent me by the General about 4 P.M. on the 1st, about half an hour after I saw the whole force returning, guns, mortars &c. The mutineers were joined by about three or four thousand from the city, and the whole force, in all about 20’000, came straight at my position. I was prepared for them. The General sent up supports sharp…and we commenced work.
The “Sammy House” was first attacked by about 5’000. At this time I had only 150 of Coke’s men in it under Travers, and fifty of the Guides. I at once sent them reinforcements from Rifles and 61st Queen’s. At dusk, the enemy brought up guns supported by a large force and then commenced the sharpest fire I have ever heard on the whole of my position. They were very desperate indeed. Before 12 o’clock we drove them back half-a-dozen times; the firing ceased for about a quarter of an hour, and I began to think I had got rid of my friends; but shortly after the moon rose..came fresh troops from the city bugling and shouting on all sides. I passed word from right to left to keep a dead silence in the ranks. On came the enemy with their light guns up the Grand Trunk Road, as also up the Kissengunge Road. My three light guns which were in battery across the road were all loaded with grape, and when the enemy were close up they opened, and round after round with volleys of musketry from the “Sammy House” had the effect of driving them back again. Still there they were within four hundred years of me making preparations for another attack, whilst their light guns kept up one continued blaze, as also their heavy guns from the Moree and Burn Bastions. This sort of thing went on the whole night, but I managed to hold my own with four companies 60th Rifles 180 strong, 180 of the 8th and 61st Queen’s, 200 Sirmoor Battalion, 300 Guides and 150 Coke’s men, in all 910 present, against, at the very least 20’000. My troops behaved admirably, all were steady and well in hand, and I never for one moment had any doubts about the result…
” (Reid, 3rd August)

Sammy House Picquet

3rd August

Bengal Field Artillery
Corporal Charles Edbrook – dangerously wounded, died of wounds

4th August

75th Foot
Private James Hennessy – shot in abdomen

5th August

Bengal Field Artillery
Corporal William Ruck – wounded in foot by shell splinter

6th August

“Some 300 sowars about three hours ago came charging up the Metcalfe Road, shouting and yelling as if determined to charge through camp, but one well-directed volley from the picquet sent them to the ‘right about’ like a flock of sheep. Wise, who saw the affair, said it bore a most ridiculous appearance.” (Anson, August 6th)

Brevet Major O.H.St.G. Anson, 9th Lancers

Lieutenant John Hugh Browne – killed in action at Delhi – 6th August 1857
33rd BNI. Attached to the Kemaoon Battalion. Aged 28 years & 5 months. Son of John Browne, of Gray’s Inn (barrister).
Lieutenant A.B. Temple – slightly wounded – 6th August 1857
Attached to Kemaoon Battalion

Bengal Field Artillery
Captain T.E. Kennion- severely wounded

1/60th Foot

Davidson, William – slightly wounded
Fields, Thomas – killed in action
Palmer, Hugh – slightly wounded 23/6/1857, and again 6/8/1857
White, George – wounded

7th August

Bengal Field Artillery
Lieutenant Edward Fraser – severely wounded

1/60th Foot
Atkins, James – killed in action
Johnson, Edward – severely wounded
Martin, Charles – dangerous gunshot wound in left arm
Norton, Samuel – slightly wounded

8th August

1/60th Foot
Dunlop, William – severely wounded
Sexton, Ben – slightly wounded

75th Foot
Pilling, James – shot in abdomen, died of wounds

9th August

“I thought these rascals had had enough of it after the thrashing I have them on the 1st and 2nd, but it appears not. They attacked me again on the 6th, and we have been under arms ever since, they came out in great force…They erected a battery for heavy guns during the night on the 6th, and at daybreak, on the 7th they commenced pounding me with two 24-pounders; this went on the whole of the 7th, yesterday and again today. One battery was not sufficient, so they commenced another, a sunken battery, about an hour ago, and they will have two more heavy guns on position by daybreak tomorrow.” ( Reid, August 9th)

2nd Bengal European Fusiliers
Private Patrick Rourke – killed in action

Bengal Field Artillery
Gunner Frederick Grey – slightly wounded in face by musketball

1/60th Foot
Gowing, Jeremiah – died of wounds
Sexton, Ben – slightly wounded

10th August

There has been a good deal of heavy firing on both sides, and the enemy are knocking Metcalfe’s stables to
pieces. They have now hit upon the range so nicely that they killed with a round shot yesterday a sergeant
of the Fusiliers, who was standing on the top of them looking through a spy-glass. The same shot wounded two other men.”
(Anson, August 10th)

Bengal Field Artillery
Lieutenant George Baillie – severely wounded

1st Btn, 8th Foot
Sandilands, Edward – slightly wounded

1/60th Foot
Ensign W.G. Turle – dangerously wounded at Delhi Camp
Private Thomas Setchell – slightly wounded

61st Foot
Lieutenant Thomas B. Hutton – slightly wounded in chest by a shell splinter

11th August

Upto the 11th of August, the Sirmoor Battalion had lost 249 killed and wounded, “One of my poor little fellows lost his head by a round shot about five minutes ago. The poor old house is getting knocked to pieces. Hold it I must, so we must strengthen the walls with sandbags.” ( Reid, August 11th)

“An ugly incident happened at the mosque just now on the ridge, while Hope and young Anson were there. The enemy fired a round shot, which took off young Anson’s syce’s two legs above the knee, carried them off slick. The mosque (which is an old tomb) seems to be the most exposed place on the ridge, there being no battery there to protect you from the enemy’s shot. A live shell fell right into the building itself, and, lighting on the staircase, smashed an unfortunate man who happened to be on it. Another shot brought down a ton or two of bricks and mortar on the head of another unfortunate European, who happened to be just below where it struck.” (Anson, August 11th)

61st Foot
Private John Anderson – severely wounded in hand

12th August

“The enemy having established themselves in “Ludlow Castle” and planted a battery which contrived greatly to harass our picquet at Metcalfe House, it was deemed desirable to dislodge him.”

The force, headed by Brigadier Showers started early in the morning of the 12th. He started with his column, the 75th Foot, 1st Bengal Fusiliers, Coke’s Rifles and a battery of light field guns. Coke proceeded with his men through the Metcalfe compound to attack the battery to the left of the main road, while Showers moved down the Grand Trunk Road, directly to Ludlow Castle. Coke’s objective was to get as close to Ludlow Castle without being seen. Although he used the shelter provided by a high wall which ran parallel to the road, he still had to fight through some of the way, and eventually made it opposite to gate of Ludlow Castle. Here he found the enemy had taken up position along the walls of the compound and being on full alert, immediately opened fire on Coke and his men.
To drive the enemy from the position, Coke had to find a way out of Metcalfe Park, surrounded as it was by a high wall that was impossible to climb with any safety, he circled along it until he found a hole in the wall that had been made by the batteries from the Ridge. “Through this Coke managed to creep, followed by a number of his men, and he made a rush at the gate, from which he was able to enfilade the enemy lining the walls of Ludlow Castle. Here he fell with a gunshot wound through his thigh, but he was up again immediately, and present saw one of the enemy’s Horse Artillery guns standing on the road in front of him. The gunners and drivers and been shot down, but there stood the gun with four horses, and their heads turned towards Cashmere Gate.
Coke at once saw that we should lose the gun unless their heads were turned towards Camp, so he walked up as best he could and quietly turned the gun round on the road, and started the horses off, full gallop without riders, and in they went straight into our camp.”

Brigadier Showers in the meantime had managed to take the mutineers by surprise and many were shot before they could get their guns. “Some drew their swords, and with the backs against the walls of Ludlow Castle, sold their lives dearly.” (Major Charles, Reid August 12th)

Brigadier St. George Daniel Showers – severely wounded

Brigadier General Showers

Major John Coke 1st Regt. Punjab (Coke’s) Riflesseverely wounded. Attached from the 10th BNI

Bengal Engineers
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Baird Smith – severely wounded in leg
Lieutenant Frederick Maunsell – slightly wounded

Bengal Horse Artillery, 3rd Brigade
Light, Alfred -slightly wounded
Lieutenant A.H. Lindsay – slightly wounded

1st Bengal European Fusiliers
Captain Greville – slightly wounded in the hip
Lieuteant Owen – slightly wounded
Sergeant James Wright – killed in action
Corporal James Toole – killed in action

McAferty, Hugh – killed in action before Delhi
Tempaney, John – killed in action before Delhi
Totton, Henry – killed in action before Delhi

2nd Bengal European Fusiliers

2nd Lieutenant David Francis Sherriff – killed in action at Delhi – 12th August 1857.
Aged 21. Son of Captain David Sherriff, 48th N.I. Born at Sitapur. Joined the Bengal Army in 1855.
Buried in Rajpura Cemetery, Delhi – “Sacred to the memory of Lieut. D.F. Sherriff H.M. 2nd E.B. Fusiliers killed in action against the rebels during the siege of Delhi on 12th August 1857 erected by his brother officers as a mark of their esteem and regard for him.”
Lieutenant Sherriff had 2 tombs in Rajpura cemetery the 2nd states, “In Memorium Lieut. David Francis Sherriff 2nd Beng. Eur. Fusiliers, died 14th August of a mortal wound received before Delhi 12th August 1857 beloved and mourned by all who knew him. Lord Jesus receive my soul.”

“His bravery was very conspicuous on this occasion: though but a boy, he was foremost in leading on his men in a very resolute and daring manner. From the time he received his wound all consciousness forsook him,
and he lingered in the hospital of his own regiment, where he had the very best care and the very best skill which Surgeon Edward Hare, a practitioner of deservedly great reputation, could bestow, until some time during the day of the 14th of August, when he expired.”
(Rev. Rotton Chaplain’s Narrative, pp 190)

Sergeant John McDonald – killed in action at Ludlow Castle
Drummer James Stunt – dangerously wounded at Badli ki Serai, 08/06/1857 – died of wounds 12/08/1857

Arnell George- wounded in chin at Ludlow Castle
Dean, William – wounded in leg at Ludlow Castle
Murray, John – wounded in leg at Ludlow Castle
Self, Charles wounded in chest
Spoor, Joseph – killed in action at Ludlow Castle
Stewart, James – wounded in leg at Ludlow Castle

2nd Bombay Fusiliers
Sergeant John McDonald – died of wounds

9th Lancers
Lloyd, John – severely wounded by musket ball to the right shoulder. Lloyd died in England on the 13th of August 1858
Matthews, George – dangerously wounded, died of wounds 20th September 1857
Stillman, John – killed in action

According to Anson, a young lancer named Whelan was wounded close to him by a spent ball. “The ball did not go through him, but lodged in his side, inflicting a dangerous wound. What a spank it made when it hit him! and what a groan he gave for it took the breath out of his body. Showers noble fellow! is I regret to say, wounded in two places, one long slanting wound through the surface of his chest – a flesh wound but an ugly one, and one of the fingers of the right hand smashed, for so it looked when, in passing to the rear, he showed it to me.” (Anson, August 12th)

75th Foot
Corporal John Ryan – severely wounded by a musketball in the arm and shoulder. He was invalided out of the service at the age of 32, on October 6th, 1858

Barrell Robert – severely wounded
Carter, Thomas – killed in action
Grady, John – killed in action

Ludlow Castle after the Mutiny

“Brigadier Showers himself was severely wounded, as also was Major Coke when in the act of seizing one of the enemy’s guns. Lieutenant-Colonel Greathed, 8th Foot, was sent to take command of Brigadier
Showers’ becoming disabled and superintended the return of the troops.
Besides the two above-named officers, the following· were wounded:-Lieutenant Sherriff, 2nd Bengal European Fusiliers, mortally, since dead; Lieutenant Innes, 60th Native Infantry, orderly officer; Lieutenant Lindsay, Horse Artillery; Lieutenant Maunsell, Engineer; Captain Greville and Lieutenant Owen, 1st Fusiliers, all slightly; with 19 men and one horse killed, 85 men and eight horses wounded, and five men missing. Of the casualties, thirty-four were in the 1st Bengal European Fusiliers and thirty-three in the 1st Punjab Infantry (Coke’s corps).
” (Lt. Norman’s Narrative, Forrest, ‘Selections of Letters and Dispatches’, pp 461)

13th August

Bengal Engineers
Lieutenant Edmund Walker – Buried in Rajpura Cemetery, Delhi – “To the memory of Edmund Walker, Lieut. Bengal Engineers, who died in camp before Delhi, August 13th, 1857. Aged 29 years.”

1/60th Foot
Private Connor Murphy – slightly wounded

75th Foot
Private Patrick Melia – died of wounds. Right leg amputated.

14th August

2nd Bengal European Fusiliers
Private George Scott – wounded in leg

75th Foot
Johnston, George – severely wounded in right leg
McMahon. James – wounded in arm
O’Brien, James – wounded in left shoulder
O’Connor, John – severely wounded in right hand, finger amputated
Quailey, Michael – wounded in left arm
Ryan, John – severely wounded in chest
Ryan, Thomas – slightly wounded in face
Shannon, James – wounded in left leg

Hodson’s Expedition

The whole of his men behaved admirably; the Guide Cavalry, as usual, with forward gallantry, well aided by Lieutenant Hodson’s own new levy and the few horsemen of the Jhind Rajah.

Our casualties were:
Guide Cavalry Detachment.
Eight men and two horses wounded.
Jhind Horse
Two sowars wounded.

Lieutenant H. H. Gough (slightly).
Five men and five horses wounded.

(Lt. Norman’s Narrative, Forrest, ‘Selections of Letters and Dispatches’, pp 463)

“An episode occurred during this little fight which I must relate with a feeling of the deepest gratitude to the gallantry of my brother Charles, who fortunately was so near at hand. When the enemy made their desperate rush I was rather in the forefront of the party awaiting them, and in the melee which took place I was forced backwards, and, suddenly making a false step from the roof on to a lower roof about a foot down, fell or was forced on my knees. While thus half falling, one man made a cut at me with his heavy sword, which cut right down my riding -boot. Another was aiming a better-directed blow, when my brother, seeing my danger, rushed forward and attacked the two, killing both, and thus undoubtedly saved my life. As it was, the hilt of my sword was forced into my wrist by a sword-cut, inflicting a slight wound.” (General Sir Henry Hugh Gough, Old Memories, pp 89-90)

Charles John Stanley Gough, G.C.B., V.C.
15th August

1/60th Foot
Cooper, George – slightly wounded
Hughes, William – died of wounds

17th August

Bengal Horse Artillery
3rd Brigade, 3rd Troop
Sergeant Patrick Hourigan – dangerously wounded

18th of August

1st Bengal European Fusiliers
Private John Ward – died of wounds

1/60th Foot
Parker, George – died of wounds (regt.No.2148)

August 19th

I felt sure that such a day could not pass without proving fatal to someone, and so it happened, for on going to hospital this morning to see my wounded men, the first thing I saw was poor Sergeant Wynn stretched on a table with a sheet over his face. He died at 11.30 last night of congestion of the brain. Wonderful to say, Matthews is still holding out. They have no hopes of him, poor lad; he bears up right well under it all. Lloyd, who was shot right through the right shoulder, was not so well this morning, having passed a bad night from the pain he was suffering. I am very sorry to lose his services. He is one of my bravest and strongest dragoons.”(Anson, August 19th)

9th Lancers
Private John Weedon – mortally wounded

August 20th

“I have 101 Gurkhas sick in hospital with fever; constant work and exposure is beginning to tell on the little fellows. The enfilading fire annoys me a good deal, but the old house stands it bravely. The walls are very thick, upwards of three feet and all stone. The 32-pounders, however, go clean through the walls.” (Ried, August 20th)

9th Lancers
Private John Stillman – killed in action

52nd Foot
Harris, Thomas – died of cholera
Mooney, James – died of cholera

21st August

Captain Francis Gore Willock – killed at Delhi – 21st August 1857.
Aged 28. Eldest son of Sir Henry Willock. Volunteered for service at Delhi; was attached to the Corps of Guides.
Grave at Rajpura Cemetery, Delhi – “Sacred to the memory of Captain Francis Gore Willock 6th Bengal Light Cavalry eldest son of Sir Henry Willock, KLS who fell a gallant volunteer at Delhi on the 21st August 1857 in the 29th year of his age.”
This is the same Captain Willock mentioned by Anson as having had a fall from his horse.

52nd Foot
Hooke, Henry – died of cholera
McCanley, Henry – died of cholera
Wallace, James – died of cholera

23rd August

52nd Foot
Sergeant James Kirby – died of cholera
Gilpin, Henry, died of cholera
Smith, Patrick – severely wounded

24th August

“They were out surveying again this morning. The enemy did not approve, and came out to see what we’re after. One of my little fellows was mortally wounded…” (Reid, August 24th)

52nd Foot
Crask, John – died of cholera
Ruddy, John – died of cholera

25th August- Battle of Najafgarh
Battle of Nujuffghur, from “Illustrated Battles of the 19th Century” – Archibald Forbes

Lieutenant William Henry Lumsden – killed in action at Nujuffghur – 25th August 1857
68th BNI. Attached 1st Punjab Inf. Aged 26. Son of Colonel Thomas Lumsden, CB, (Bengal Artillery). Born at Muttra. Joined the Bengal Army in 1849. Brother of Harry Burnett “Joe” Lumsden, who had raised the Corps of Guides in 1847.

1st Bengal European Fusiliers
Drummer Alfred Comley – killed in action

Coleman, Michael – killed in action
Kemble, John – dangerously wounded
Tempaney, John – killed in action
Totton, Henry – killed in action

6th Dragoon Guards
Hall, Henry – killed in action (with Horse Artillery)

Bengal Horse Artillery, 1st Brigade, 1st Troop
Bombardier John Wilson – slightly wounded in right leg

Bengal Horse Artillery, 1st Brigade, 2nd Troop
Gunner Henry Convale – wounded

Dr. William Wotherspoon Ireland – dangerously wounded

“Dr Ireland of the H.A. was shot through the left eye, the ball taking a diagonal direction and coming out under his right ear. The wound, though dangerous, is not necessarily mortal. Lieutenant Elkington, 61st, mortally wounded in the head, Lieutenant Lumsden killed and Lieutenant Gabbet wounded and dying of his wound and cholera combined.” (Anson, August 27th, writing of Najafgarh). The good doctor eventually recovered. This is Dr William Wotherspoon Ireland, who would be listed as killed on August 26th 1857 in the East India Register and Army List for 1858. On the same day, he received a second wound when a bullet entered his shoulder and lodged in his back. Fortunately, the Army List was wrong and Ireland would die in 1909.

61st Foot

Lieutenant Thomas Gabett – killed in action at Nujuffghur – 25th August 1857
Aged 27. Son of John, of Co. Clare. Served in the Punjab (1848).
Memorial at Delhi – “Sacred to the memory of Captain W. A. Dely H.M. 61st regt. died of cholera Oct. 1st 1857 aged 47 years. Lt. T. Gabbett H.M. 61st regt. killed in action at Nujuffgurh August 26th 1857 aged 27 years Lt. G. S. Tyler H.M. 61st regt. died of cholera in camp before Delhi Sept. 5th 1857 aged 31 years Lt. S.B. Elkington H.M. 61st regt mortally wounded in action at Nujuffgurh and died Sept. 1857 aged 21 years, sincerely regretted by their brother officers by whom this tablet is erected.”

Ensign Samuel Bucknall Elkington – dangerously wounded, died of wounds. Third son of Dr Elkington of Birmingham
“Young Elkington also received his death- wound at the night-attack on the village. He was quite a stripling, being only eighteen years old, and had joined the regiment but a few months before. His was one of those strange cases of a presentiment of death, many of which have been well authenticated in our army. On looking over his effects, it was found that he had written letters to his nearest relations on the night before marching to Najafgarh; and he had also carefully made up small parcels of his valuables and trinkets, with directions on them to whom they were to be delivered in case of his being killed next day. It was noticed, too, that he was unusually quiet and reserved, never speaking a word to anyone on the march, though when the action began he behaved like a gallant soldier, giving up his young life in the service of his country.” (Griffith, A Narrative of the Siege of Delhi, pp 128)
According to Hervey Greathed (pp 228), The doctor attempted trepanning to save Elkington’s life as he had been shot in the head. Trepanation was used to clean out the blood that pools under the skull after head wounds and to remove any shattered bits of bone from a fracture. The method was still in use during the American Civil War but eventually fell out of favour during the latter half of the 19th century.

Sergeant Michael Bowen – killed in action
Sergeant James Maston – dangerously wounded

Anderson, Robert – severely wounded in thigh
Bates, Thomas – severely wounded in the leg
Bohan, Michael – killed in action
Burke, John – severely wounded in hand and thigh
Carroll, James – severely wounded in right arm
Day, James – killed in action
Eigney, Thomas – dangerously wounded
Farraher, Martin – severely wounded in knee
Field, Sidney – killed in action
Fitzpatrick, John – severely wounded in groin
Forbes, Arthur – slightly wounded in right arm
Gorman, James – slightly wounded in chin
Harris James – severely wounded in thigh by shell
Johnson, Matthew – killed in action
Limbert, Edward – severely wounded in left cheek
McDonald, Mîchael – slightly wounded in head
McGrath, Peter – dangerously wounded in abdomen
McTaggart, Peter – killed in action
Ragan, Thomas – severely wounded in right leg
Rigney, Thomas – dangerously wounded in hip
Sweeney, Patrick – slightly wounded in head
Wright, Michael – severely wounded in leg

In all, 2 officers and 23 men killed, 2 officers and 68 men wounded, 16 horses killed and four wounded.

26th August

52nd Foot
Colour- Sergeant William Hayward – died of cholera
Aldous, William – slightly wounded
Doak, John – died of cholera
Hughes, Thomas – severely wounded
Newenham, Charles – died of cholera

1/60th Foot
Sergeant Robert Hill severely wounded

Private Robert Scott – killed in action

“The enemy are turning out of the city. They are going to pay me another visit apparently.” (Reid, August 26th)

The losses for the Delhi force amounted to 8 killed and 13 wounded.

27th August

Bengal Field Artillery
Michael O’Keeffe – wounded in back by shell splinter

2nd Bengal European Fusiliers
Drummer John Kirby – killed in action
Private John Keily – killed in action

2nd Bombay Fusiliers
Private John Kelly – died of wounds

“The enemy thought we had sent the whole force out with Nicholson’s column, so took the opportunity of once again attacking me. They found me at home, and got a good thrashing.” (Reid, August 27th)

52nd Foot
Cahill, Thomas – died of cholera
Crow, Michael – died of cholera
Cunningham, Lawrence – died of cholera
Page, George – slightly wounded

75th Foot
Reynolds, John – slightly wounded

28th of August

52nd Foot
Langstaff, Alfred – died of cholera
Taylor, Thomas – died of cholera

29th August

Bengal Artillery
2nd Lieutenant William Thornton Somerville – wounded at Delhi – 29th August 1857. died
Third and youngest son of James, of Ross, Co. Meath. Born 7th March 1836 in Ireland. Died of a fever.
Grave at Rajpura Cemetery, Delhi – “In memory of Lieut. W.T. Somerville of the Bengal Artillery who died in camp before Delhi at the age of 21 years and 6 months on the 5th September 1857 of a fever brought on by fatigue and exposure, This monument has been erected by his affectionate friend Major General Huthwaite, CB.”

52nd Foot
Bartram, Christmas – died of cholera
Grimes, Thomas – died of cholera (August 30th)
Leaney, Joseph – died of cholera
Young, Robert – died of cholera

1/60th Foot
Allen, Bernard – dangerously wounded
McGrath, James – killed in action
Meighan, Michael – killed in action

61st Foot
Private John Weaver – severely wounded in hand

31st August

Bengal Engineers
Lieutenant Edmund Walker – slightly wounded
Lieutenant W.E. Warrand – dangerously wounded – wounded by a fragment of a shell while laying an embrasure. His arm was amputated close to the shoulder but he survived, ending his career as a Major-General (retired list).

Assistant-Surgeon Thomas Hewlett Woodward – killed in action at Delhi – 31st August 1857
Born 5 Dec. 1832. Son of William James, of Tunbridge Wells. Attached to the Bengal Engineers. According to Reverend Rotton, he succumbed to fever in the general hospital on the 31st of August.

52nd Foot
Baker, James – died of cholera

75th Foot

Paymaster David Chambers – slightly wounded

“The great Mohurrum attack came off last night. As usual, they came at my poor old head. They commenced with Fort Sammy but were driven back sharp. They gave it up as a bad business about twelve o’clock and allowed us to go to our quarters. I am going to cut jungle to my right under their breastworks, in front of Fort Sammy. The enemy will no doubt try to prevent it – two can play at that game. I mean to drive them from their breastworks, hold them during the night, and destroy the works before we withdraw in the morning. They don’t at all approve of the new trench and six gun-battery near Sammy House; when they see our 60 guns in position, they will get very desperate, I doubt it not.”
” I drove the enemy from their breastworks last night. No sooner had I got possession than 300 hatchets were at work felling trees, brushwood &c. The work went on admirably the whole night in front of the trenches. and Sammy House picquet. ‘Pandy’ got into an awful state of mind, and we heard about a dozen bugles in the city sound first the ‘turn out’ then then ‘advance’ then the ‘double;’ at length the buglers got tired of the above, and sounded the ‘retreat,’ the only one which was obeyed. I relieved the party at 11 o’clock when a little more popping commenced. At daybreak this morning I found a good deal had been done. I shall now be able to see my friends. I never knew before what force they were in when they attacked the Sammy House, so thick was the jungle on all sides…” (Reid, August 31st and September 1st)

mors certa, hora incerta

Selections of Letters and Dispatches Vol I edited by G.W. Forrest
Letters Written During the Siege of Delhi – H.H. Greathed (1858)
Extracts of Letters and Notes Written Durning the Siege of Delhi – General Sir Charles Reid, G:C.B. (1858)
The Chaplain’s Narrative of the Siege of Delhi – Reverend John Edward Rotton, M.A.(1858)
Gunshot Injuries from the Mutiny in India with a Description of the Preparations of Gunshot Injuries Contained in the Museum at Fort Pitt – George Williamson, M.D. (1859)
Old Memories – Sir Henry Hugh Gough, G.C.B.. V.C. (1897)

The Siege of Delhi -Mutiny Memories of an Old Officer – Richard Barter, 1869 (London, the Folio Society, 1984)
Lumsden of the Guides A Sketch of the Life of Lieut.-Gen. Sir Harry Burnett Lumsden, K.C.S.I., C.B., – Sir Peter Stark Lumsden, G.R. Elsmie (1899)
A List of Inscriptions on Christian Tombs or Monuments in the Punjab, North-West Frontier Province, Kashmir and Afghanistan Vol II – Miles Irving, I.C.S. (1910)
A Narrative of the Siege of Delhi – Charles John Griffith (1910)
The Punjab and Delhi in 1857 Vol I- Rev. J. Cave-Browne M.A. (1911)
Reminiscences of the Indian Mutiny and Afghanistan – Col. Sir Edward Thackeray (1916)
Casualty Roll for the Indian Mutiny, 1857-59: The Casualties to All Regiments of the British Army, Naval Brigade and Europeans Serving in the Bengal, Madras and Bombay Armies” by I.T.Tavender (1983)

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