Private James Davis VC

James Davis Kelly was born in Edinburgh in February 1835. At some point he dropped the name Kelly. During the Indian Mutiny he was part of a badly planned attack on Fort Ruhya in Rohilicund. In the course of the attack two officers were killed, Lieutenants Douglas and Bramley. One of them died at the gate of the fort and Davis offered to carry his body back. This was a very dangerous undertaking and he was recommended for the Victoria Cross. This was gazetted on 27 May 1859. He lived to the age of 58, dying in Edinburgh on 2 Mar 1893.

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