Henry William Pitcher
|Henry William Pitcher|
Henry Pitcher wearing the uniform of a Bengal Staff Corps officer, his Victoria Cross and campaign medals
|Born||20 December 1841
Kamptee, British India
|Died||5 July 1875
Dehra Ghazi Khan, British India
|Buried||Dehra Ismail Khan Cemetery, Kohat|
|Service/branch||British Indian Army|
|Unit||Bengal Staff Corps|
Pitcher was born at Kamptee in British India, the second son of Vincent Pitcher and Rose Mary le Geyt, daughter of Admiral George le Geyt. His elder brother Colonel Duncan George Pitcher also served in India.
He was about 22 years old and a lieutenant in the Bengal Staff Corps, 4th Punjab Infantry, British Indian Army during the Umbeyla Campaign. On 30 October 1863 in North-West India, Lieutenant Pitcher led a party to recapture the Crag Picquet after its garrison had been driven in by the enemy and sixty of them killed. He led the party up the narrow path to the last rock until he was knocked down and stunned by a large stone thrown from above. On 16 November, the lieutenant displayed great courage in leading a party to the Crag Picquet when it had again fallen into enemy hands. He led the first charge, but was wounded in the action. For this deed he was awarded the Victoria Cross.