VICTORIA CROSS. Clement Walker Heneage, 8th Hussars, Indian Mutiny V.C. 19345

£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, receiving the 2nd Bengal Fusiliers back into the line after they had changed sides, also describing the Ganges Canal, fears for the famine “in those districts where the worst parts of the mutiny took place in ‘57.” 4 pp. 7 x 4½ inches, fine, with the original envelope, 2 & 4 anna values, clear Roorkee 176 postmark, fine ‘India Paid’ boxed transit in red. The verso shows a sextuple Meerutt transit mark and a blurred Bombay mark, both in red, Calne receiver. Roorkee, 3 May 1861. “[The 2nd Bengal Fusiliers] have come over in a body, the entire regiment with the exception of 8 men …being now the 104th of foot. It was a tiresome business as I have to see every man sign his declaration paper and also to see the bounty money counted and paid to each man as he came up.” 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.