Duncan Home

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Duncan Home
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Born 10 June 1828
Jabalpur, British India
Died 1 October 1857 (aged 29)
Malagarh, India
Buried Bolandsharh Cemetery, Aligarh
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Bengal Army
Years of service 1848–1857 
Rank Lieutenant
Unit Bengal Engineers
Battles/wars Second Anglo-Sikh War
Indian Mutiny
Awards UK Victoria Cross ribbon bar.svg Victoria Cross

Duncan Charles Home VC (10 June 1828 – 1 October 1857) was a 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.

Details[edit]

Home was 29 years old, and a lieutenant in the Bengal Engineers, Bengal Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed took place on 14 September 1857 during the Siege of Delhi, India for which he, Lieutenant Philip Salkeld, Sergeant John Smith and bugler Robert Hawthorne were awarded the VC:

Lieutenants Duncan Charles Home and Philip Salkeld, Bengal Engineers, upon whom the Victoria Cross was provisionally conferred by Major-General Sir Archdale Wilson, Bart., K.C.B., for their conspicuous bravery in the performance of the desperate duty of blowing in the Cashmere Gate of tho Fortress of Delhi, in broad daylight, under a heavy fire of musketry, on the morning of the 14th September, 1857, preparatory to the assault, would have been recommended to Her Majesty for confirmation in that distinction, had they survived.

— London Gazette, 18 June 1858.[1]

He was killed in action at Malagarh, India, on 1 October 1857.

The medal[edit]

The original medal was lost in 1920 when children of the then owner played "Soldiers" in a field near the house. Despite many searches, it has not been found.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 22154". The London Gazette. 18 June 1858. p. 2961. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Perkins, Roger. The Kashmir Gate: Lieutenant Home & the Delhi VCs. Chippenham: Picton Pub, 1983. ISBN 0902633872

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