INDIAN MUTINY VICTORIA CROSS. Clement Walker Heneage, 8th Hussars, 19818

£450

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An original Autograph Letter Signed ‘Clement’, to his sister Alice Heneage in Compton Basset, Calne, while on active service in India, in “the last in the field of any cavalry corps in this country and we have had quite enough of it”, on their way to Meerut, “a very pretty station, although a good deal knocked about by the rebels”. 4 pp. 7 x 4½ inches, fine, with typed transcript, with the original envelope, bearing Queen Victoria 1856-64 2 & 4 Anna issues, part Neemuch cancel, India Paid in red, and Calne receiver, on verso. Camp Chuppra, 14 May 1859. Major Clement Walker Heneage VC (1831-1901) rode in the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava. On 17 June 1858 at Gwalior, during the Indian Mutiny, Captain Heneage – together with Sergeant Joseph Ward, Farrier George Hollis and Private John Pearson – was in a charge made by a squadron of the 8th Hussars. His citation reads: 8th Hussars, Captain (now Brevet-Major) Clement Walker Heneage …. 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. (Field Force Orders by Major-General Sir Hugh Henry Rose, G.C.B., Commanding Central India Field Force, dated Camp, Gwalior, 28th June, 1858.). “It is a year almost to the day that we were with Smith’s Brigade at this place, marching from Kotah to Chundeyree – all this country seems perfectly quiet and peaceful now, which it certainly was not then… …I should like to hear from someone at home, I think the last letter I had was of the 18th February, but you know by this time the state of that splendid institution, the Indian Post Office.”