Colour Sergeant William Gardner VC

William Gardner was born in Nemphlar, Lanarkshire on 3 Mar 1821. When the 42nd advanced on Bareilly during the Indian Mutiny, three 'Mussulman fanatics' dragged the CO Colonel Alexander Cameron from his horse. Gardner ran to his aid and bayoneted two of the men and the third was killed by another soldier. This occurred on 5 May 1858. Colour-Sergeant Garner was awarded the VC, gazetted on 23 Aug 1858. He was also awarded the Meritoriuos Service Medal and later promoted to Sergeant-Major. He died at Bothwell, Lanarkshire on 24 Oct 1897.

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