Thomas Cadell

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Thomas Cadell
Thomas Cadell VC portrait.jpg
Born 5 September 1835
Cockenzie, East Lothian
Died 6 April 1919 (aged 83)
Buried at Tranent Churchyard
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Bengal Army
British Indian Army
Years of service 1854 - 1892
Rank Colonel
Unit 2nd European Bengal Fusiliers
Indian Staff Corps
Battles/wars Indian Mutiny
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross
Order of the Bath
Other work Governor of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Colonel Thomas Cadell VC CB (5 September 1835 – 6 April 1919) was a Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Cadell was the younger brother of General Sir Robert Cadell, K.C.B. and was educated at Edinburgh Academy.


He was 21 years old at the time and a lieutenant in the 2nd European Bengal Fusiliers (later The Royal Munster Fusiliers) during the Indian Mutiny when he performed the deeds on 12 June 1857 at Delhi, India which resulted in being awarded the Victoria Cross:

For having, on the 12th of June, 1857, at the Flag-staff Picquet at Delhi, when the whole of the Picquet of Her Majesty's 75th Regiment and 2nd European Bengal Fusiliers were driven in by a large body of the enemy, brought in from amongst the enemy a wounded Bugler of his own regiment, under a most severe fire, who would otherwise have been cut up by the rebels. Also, on the same day, when the Fusiliers were retiring, by order, on Metcalfe's house, on its being reported that there was a wounded man left behind, Lieutenant Cadell went back of his own accord towards the enemy, accompanied by three men, and brought in a man of the 75th Regiment, who was severely wounded, under a most heavy fire from the advancing enemy.


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He later achieved the rank of colonel in the service of the Indian Staff Corps and held various political appointments in India. From 1879 to 1892 was Governor of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He was the cousin of Samuel Hill Lawrence.

Memorial tablet in the Cadell family vault at Tranent Churchyard


  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 22621. p. 2229. 29 April 1862. Retrieved 26 September 2009.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Charles Arthur Barwell
Chief Commissioner of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Succeeded by
Norman Horsford