VICTORIA CROSS. Clement Walker Heneage, 8th Hussars, Indian Mutiny V.C. 18491

£250

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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 after the Mutiny, about the slow mails from Suez, acquaintances, hoping Ted will like Eton, the opening of the railway from Calcutta to Delhi, and the fortunes of the great Bombay cotton merchants. 4 pp. 7 x 4½ inches, fine, with the original envelope, sent via Marseilles, bearing QV 1856-64 issue of 2 and 4 Annas (with defects), smudged boxed India Paid. Meerut, India, 3 November 1862. 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.). He is buried in St Swithin’s churchyard, Compton Bassett.