Captain Clement Walker Heneage VC

Captain Heneage took part in the Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimean War, but he won his Victoria Cross at Gwalior during the Indian Mutiny. On 17th June 1858 he was in a brave charge made by a squadron of the 8th Hussars that went through the enemy camp and two gun batteries. Heneage and three other men of the regiment captured two guns and brought them back under heavy fire from Gwalior Fort. The other men were Sergeant Joseph Ward, Farrier George Hollis and Private John Pearson.

Clement Heneage was born on 6th March 1831 at Compton Bassett, Wiltshire and died on 9th Dec 1901, also at Compton Bassett. The portrait shows him in the new uniform introduced in 1856 with sleeve decoration denoting the rank of captain. He wears his Crimea Medal with four clasps, Turkish Crimea medal, Indian Mutiny medal with red and white striped ribbon, and above that, his VC.

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