VICTORIA CROSS. Clement Walker Heneage, 8th Hussars, Indian Mutiny V.C. 18860

£275

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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 Clowes (wounded and taken prisoner by the Russians during the Charge of the Light Brigade) leaving the Regiment, Sir Hugh Rose’s travels throughout the Punjab, 700 miles on native cavalry horses, news of Duberly (whose wife Fanny was a Crimea heroine), officers who “bolted” to the Hills during the cholera epidemic, etc. 4 pp. 7 x 4½ inches, fine, with the original envelope, sent via Marseilles, bearing QV 1856-64 issue of 2 and 4 Annas, good clear Meerutt postmark, with a 164 numeral, Indian Paid cachet in red, Too Late in black. On the verso is a faint transit mark for Bombay and Calne arrival for 19 April 1862. 17 March 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. Sir Hugh Rose “has been all over the Punjab in a msot wonderfully short time, and has been roughing it in a way that nor previous Commander in Chief ever dreamt of. He went from Peshawaur right away to Mooltan in seventeen days, riding the whole 700 miles on native cavalry horses, without either tents or baggage …”