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Major General Sir Henry Tombs, winning his Victoria Cross, 9 July 1857, after twice coming to the rescue of his subaltern, during the Siege of Delhi

Major General Sir Henry Tombs, winning his Victoria Cross, 9 July 1857, after twice coming to the rescue of his subaltern, during the Siege of Delhi Stock Photo
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3187 x 2348 px | 27 x 19.9 cm | 10.6 x 7.8 inches | 300dpi

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7 July 2018

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Illustration by William Barnes Wollen (1857–1936) from Cassell's Century Edition History of England, pub circa 1901. Info from wiki: Major General Sir Henry Tombs VC KCB (10 November 1825 – 2 August 1874) 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. Tombs saw service for a fourth time during the Indian Rebellion of 1857, during which he commanded a troop of Horse Artillery. On 31 May 1857 his horse was shot from beneath him for the first time. He fought at the Battle of Badli-ki-Serai, where two horses were shot from under him. He was also present at the Siege of Delhi, during which he commanded the Bengal Horse Artillery contingent. It was during this siege, on 9 July 1857 that he performed the act of gallantry for which he was to be awarded the Victoria Cross. As a result of his and his troops' gallantry the unit was awarded the title of Tombs's Troop, which – as 28/143 Battery (Tombs's Troop), part of 19th Regiment Royal Artillery – it still carries to this day

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