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JAMES DUNDAS V.C.

 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 1:53 pm    Post subject: JAMES DUNDAS V.C. Reply with quote

Located within the Chapel at Glenalmond College





TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN MEMORY OF
CAPT. JAMES DUNDAS V.C.
ROYAL ENGINEERS WHO
GAINED THE VICTORIA CROSS
FOR GALLANTRY AT THE
ATTACK ON THE BLOCK-
HOUSE AT DEWAN GIRI
BHUTAN 30 APRIL 1865
AND MET HIS DEATH DUR-
ING THE AFGHAN WAR
IN ATTEMPTING TO BLOW
UP A FORT NEAR CABUL
BORN 12 SEPTEMBER 1842
DIED 23 DECEMBER 1879
GLENALMOND 1855-1857
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dundas was 22 years old, and a lieutenant in the Bengal Engineers, Indian Army during the Bhutan War when the following deed took place on 30 April 1865 at Dewan-Giri, Bhutan for which he was awarded the VC in a joint citation with Major William Spottiswoode Trevor:

For their gallant conduct at the attack on the Block-house at Dewan-Giri, in Bhootan, on the 30th of April, 1865.
Major-General Tombs, C.B., V.C., the Officer in command at the time, reports that a party of the enemy, from 180 to 200 in number, had barricaded themselves in the Block-house in question, which they continued to defend after the rest of the position had been carried, and the mala body was in retreat. The Block-house, which was loop-holed, was the key of the enemy's position. Seeing no Officer of the storming party near him, and being anxious that the place should be taken immediately, as any protracted resistance might have caused the main body of the Bhooteas to rally, the British force having been fighting in a broiling sun on very steep and difficult ground for upwards of three hours, the General in command ordered these two Officers to show the way into the Block-house. They had to climb up a wall which was J 4 feet high, and then to enter a house, occupied by some 200 desperate men, head foremost through an opening not more than two feet wide between the top of the wall and the roof of the Block-house. Major-General Tombs states that on speaking to the SiUh soldiers around him, and telling them in Hindoostani to swarm up the wall, none of them responded to the call, until these two Officers had shewn them the way, when they followed with the greatest alacrity. Both of them were wounded
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:00 pm    Post subject: WMR (ex UKNIWM) number Reply with quote

WMR 79649.

See also memorials 57412 at Edinburgh and 16504 at Rochester, Kent
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