Brigade of Gurkhas VCs – Maj. Donald Macintyre – 4 January 1872

Victoria Cross

Victoria Cross

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

Recipient: Major Donald Mcintyre

Unit: 2nd (Prince of Wales’s Own) Gurkha Regiment (The Sirmoor Rifles)

Date: 4 January 1872

Engagement: Lalgnoora, Lushai Campaign

Citation: THE Queen has been graciously pleased to signify Her intention to confer the decoration of the Victoria Cross on the undermentioned Officer, whose claim to the same has been submitted for Her Majesty’s approval, for an act of bravery performed by him when serving with the Looshai Expeditionary Force, as recorded against his name; viz.:— Major (now Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel) Donald Macintyre.

For his gallant conduct at the storming of the stockaded village of Lalgnoora on the 4th January, 1872.

Colonel Macpherson, C.B., V.C., Commanding the 2nd Goorkha Regiment, in which Lieutenant-Colonel Macintyre was serving at the time as second in command, reports that this Officer, who led the assault, was the first to reach the stockade (on this side from 8 to 9 feet high); and that to climb over and disappear among the flames and smoke of the burning village, was the work of a very short time. The stockade, he adds, was successfully stormed by this Officer under fire, the heaviest the Looshais delivered that day.

London Gazette: 27 September 1872

Donald Macintyre was accompanied during the attack on Lalgnoora stockade by Rifleman Inderjit Thapa.  The latter received the Indian Order of Merit 3rd Class which was the highest award for a single act of bravery available to Indian troops until 1911, when the VC became available to Indian/Gurkha troops.


Donald Macintyre, VC

Donald Macintyre, VC

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