Private Duncan Millar VC

Duncan Millar was born in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire on 19 June 1824. He and another private, Walter Cook, won Victoria Crosses for a brave action in the Indian Mutiny in which a small number of men from the 42nd Highlanders fought off an attack by 2,000 mutineers at Maylah Ghat on the river Sarda, the border between Oude and Rohilcund. On 15 Jan 1859 Captain Lawson and 37 men fought from sunrise to sunset causing the death of three sergeants and the wounding of the captain. Cook and Millar took charge of the company and 'displayed a courage, coolness and discipline which was the admiration of all who witnessed it.' Duncan Millar (or Miller) was awarded the VC, gazetted on 18 June 1859. He died in Glasgow on 15 July 1881.

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