Trumpeter Thomas Monaghan VC

On 8 Oct 1858, at Jamo near Sundeela in Oudh, a group of 30 to 40 mutineers suddenly opened fire on Lt-Col Seymour and the Queen's Bays. The enemy rushed at the troopers with drawn swords. In the fighting, Col Seymour was cut down and wounded. Trumpeter Monaghan and Private Anderson rushed to his aid and he was able to get up and fight with them. Monaghan and Anderson fought bravely against superior numbers and the rebels were driven off.

Thomas Monaghan was born in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire on 18 Oct 1833. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery, gazetted on 11 Nov 1862 and presented to him by Sir Hugh Rose at Benares on 5 Jan 1863. He was later promoted to Trumpeter-Sergeant. He died in Woolwich on 10 Nov 1895, aged 62. The photo was taken in India, in 1865, two years after he received the medal. The rest of the group are senior NCOs, he is the only one below the rank of lance-corporal.

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