Private Charles Anderson VC

Having been ambushed by 30 or 40 mutineers, Lt-Col Seymour came under fire, was cut down and surrounded. Private Anderson and Trumpeter Monaghan ran to his aid and fended off the rebel sepoys so that the CO was able to get up and carry on fighting. This happened during the Indian Mutiny on 8 Oct 1858, at Jamo near Sundeela in Oudh.

Charles Anderson was born in Liverpool in 1826. He served in the Queen's Bays when they went out to India in 1857, serving throughout the Mutiny. His bravery earned him the Victoria Cross, gazetted on 11 Nov 1862 and presented to him by Sir Hugh Rose at Benares on 5 Jan 1863. He was later promoted to corporal. He died at Seaham Harbour in Sunderland on 19 April 1899, aged 73.

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