Brigade of Gurkhas VCs – Lt. Charles Grant – 9 April 1891

Victoria Cross

Victoria Cross

One of a series of posts concerning Gurkha recipients of the VictoriaCross, each of which will appear on the anniversary of the action leading to the award.

Recipient: Lt. Charles James William Grant, commanding a detachment of eighty Punjabi and Gurkha soldiers

Unit: Madras Staff Corps, Indian Army

Date: 9th April 1891

Engagement: Manipur Expedition, British India

(In March 1891, during a revolt in the eastern Indian State of Manipur, several British officers were murdered, while others were imprisoned.)

Citation: For the conspicuous bravery and devotion to his country displayed by him in having, upon hearing on the 27th March, 1891 , of the disaster at Manipur, at once volunteered to attempt the relief of the British Captives, with 80 Native Soldiers, and having advanced with the greatest intrepidity, captured Thobal, near Manipur, and held it against a large force of the enemy. Lieutenant Grant inspired his men with equal heroism, by an ever-present example of personal daring and resource. 

[Grant’s citation also included two immediate promotions:]

The Queen has also been graciously pleased to approve of the following promotions being conferred upon this Officer, in recognition of his services in Manipur as detailed above :—

India Office, May 26,1891.

Lieutenant Charles James William Grant to be Captain. Dated 10th May, 1891.

War Office, May 26, 1891.

Captain Charles James William Grant, Indian Staff Corps, to be Major. Dated 11th May, 1891. 

London Gazette: no.26165.p.2805 (26 May 1891)

Subsequent career: Brevet Colonel commanding the 89th & 92nd Punjabis (later 1st & 4th Battalions, The Baloch Regiment, Pakistan Army)

Lt. Charles Grant, VC

Lt. Charles Grant, VC

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