Herbert Gall CB

Richard Herbert Gall was born in 1815 and joined the 14th Light Dragoons as a cornet on 3 July 1835. He was a lieutenant in 1838, a captain in 1848 and served throughout the Punjab campaign of 1848-9. He was severely wounded in the charge at Ramnuggur when he tried to capture a standard, but recovered enough to fight at Chillianwallah and Goojerat. He was with the regiment in Persia in 1857 and commanded a wing of the regiment in the Indian Mutiny having been promoted to major on 18 Sep 1857, and later the whole regiment. He was given the brevet rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and appointed CB. He was promoted to colonel and was ADC to the Queen in June 1870. He reached the rank of major-general and was AQMG at Doner from 25 May 1872 to Dec 1874. He was Lieutenant-Governor of the Royal Hospital at Chelsea from 1874 until his death on 21 Feb 1881. His death was announced in the Melbourne Argus, Australia, on 4 May 1881. The photo shows him in the undress frockcoat with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel, at some time in the 1860s when the regiment had become hussars.

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