Brig Gen C J S Gough


Sir Charles Gough commanded the cavalry brigade in Sam Browne's Peshawar Field Force. His VC was the result of not one but four seperate acts of bravery in the Indian Mutiny as an officer in the Bengal Cavalry. On the 15th August 1857 he charged and killed two sepoys to save a wounded man. On 18th August he led a near suicidal cavalry charge which resulted in victory. In the third incident, on 27th January 1858 at Shumshabad, he lost his sword in the melee and had to use his empty revolver to batter his oponents. On 23rd February he saved the life of Major George Anson, killing two men with his sword.


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by Stephen Luscombe