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INDIAN MUTINY MEDAL 1857-58 : 1ST.BN., 5TH.FUSILIERS : WOUNDED AT KOONDUN PUTTEE :

Bars, 'Defence of Lucknow', 'Lucknow' : officially impressed naming - T.WALKER, 1st. Batn., 5th.Fusrs. (Northumberland) : (THOMAS WALKER - Served in India during the Sepoy Mutiny and is confirmed as being present with General Havelock's relieving column in September 1857 and in the Defence of Lucknow, October to November 1857 and at Lucknow between December 1857 and March 1858 : During the march from Allahabad to Cawnpore, General Outram received information of the movements of certain talookdars of Oude who, with 300 men and two guns had crossed the Ganges with the intention of intercepting British communications between Cawnpore and Allahabad. A small force consisting of 100 men of the 5th.Fusiliers, and 50 men of the 64th.Regiment with two guns and 40 troopers of the 12th.Irregular Cavalry, under the command of Major Vincent Eyre, Bengal Artillery was dispatched to repel them. The report of Major Eyre concerning the action at Koondun Puttee on 11 September 1857 records, "I arrived at Hutgong last evening at dusk, where I was joined by Captain Johnson's troop of the 12th.Irregular Horse, forty in number. As they had marched twenty-four miles, and were in need of rest I halted till half-past 1 am., when we had the advantage of moonlight to pursue our march to Koondun Puttee, where we arrived at daybreak. The Oude rebels having been apprized a little previously of our advance had fled precipitately to their boats, about half a mile off. I ordered the Cavalry under Captain Johnson and Lieutenant Havelock to pursue them and followed up myself with all practicable speed with the Infantry and guns. We found the Cavalry had driven the enemy into their boats, which were fastened to the shore, and were maintaining a brisk fire on them from the bank above. On the arrival of the detachments oh Hill's 5th.Fusiliers and 64th.Foot under Captains Johnson and Turner, the fire of our musketry into the densely-crowded boats was most telling; but the enemy still defended themselves to the utmost, until the guns under Lieutenant Gordon opened fire, when the rebels threw themselves, panic-stricken into the river. Grape was now showered upon them, and a terrific fusillade from the Infantry and Cavalry maintained until only a few scattered survivors escaped. Their numbers appeared to be about 300. Previously to their plunging into the river, they threw their guns overboard, and blew up one of their boats, which had been boarded by a party of Infantry, whereby I regret to say, one man of Hill's 5th. was killed and ten, more or less injured (of whom five were Europeans and five natives). All the officers mentioned above distinguished themselves highly; and the conduct of the men was all that could be desired." (London Gazette 24 November 1857). THOMAS WALKER is mentioned in the London Gazette as one of the men of the 5th.Fusiliers wounded in the action at Koondun Pattee. There is no other man of this name recorded on the Regimental Medal Roll : Sold with verification; copy London Gazette entry; copy Casualty Roll entry and related research; Medal sold by Hayward 1971: Slight edge nicks but generally GVF - £1200