INDIAN MUTINY VICTORIA CROSS. Clement Walker Heneage, 8th Hussars, 20023

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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, about the wound in his foot, and about the discharge of the late Company’s soldiers after the Mutiny, criticizing Lord Canning’s order and wishing the ringleaders had been hanged. 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. Neemuch [Madhya Pradesh, India], 27 July [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.). “… Lord Canning’s precious order, allowing all the late Company’s soldiers to take their discharge, of which permission they are availing themselves by whole regiments. Of one regiment in Mhow there are 700 going and more than half of every troops and company of the artillery – their places are bing filled up from the Queen’s infantry regiments. Altogether his Lordship has made a shocking mess of it, letting these fellows have their own way instead of hanging a dozen or two of the ringleaders.”