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A superb and extensively researched officer’s Indian Mutiny medal to Lieutenant Henry Browne Savory 90th (Perthshire Volunteers) Light Infantry. First relief force under Sir Henry Havelock.  Wounded in the right eye in October 1857 at the Residency during the Defence of Lucknow. 

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A superb and extensively researched officer’s Indian Mutiny medal to Lieutenant Henry Browne Savory 90th (Perthshire Volunteers) Light Infantry. First relief force under Sir Henry Havelock.

 Wounded in the right eye in October 1857 at the Residency during the Defence of Lucknow. 

Indian Mutiny Medal, clasps , Lucknow, Defence of Lucknow. To: Lt.H.B. Savory, 90th Foot.

 Sold with 2 copy photographs in uniform and a wealth of copied research, including: photographs of extensive documents from The National Archives, a full list of all of his Army List entries, census returns, death certificate, probate documents, extracts from regimental histories etc.  The copy documents from The National Archives contain several letters written by Savory himself, including a lengthy and complete record of his service in his own hand.

Henry Browne Savory was born in London on 24 April 1837.  He was the son of John Savory, a gentleman, and Martha Savory of 143 New Bond Street.  The young Savory was educated at Eton and later in Darmstadt where he studied French and German.

On 14 March 1855 Savory’s father wrote seeking a commission in the army for his son.  A commission was granted by purchase.  His father wrote again on 2 April 1855 seeking a commission without purchase and to dispense with the written examination. Savory could not, however, avoid the exam.  He was examined at Sandhurst on 1 June 1855 in History (‘would not alone cause rejection’), Arithmetic (‘weak’) and Fortification (‘no attempt’).  He failed.  Savory himself wrote on 21 July 1855, stating that he believed himself ‘capable of again taking the necessary examination at Sandhurst.’  He was allowed to and this time he passed.

Savory was commissioned as Ensign without purchase in the 90th (Perthshire Volunteers) Light Infantry on 9 October 1855.  He was promoted Lieutenant without purchase on 24 September 1857.  He exchanged to the 78th(Highland) Regiment of Foot (Ross-Shire Buffs) on 7 October 1859.  He was promoted Captain by purchase on 15 January 1864.  He retired by sale of his commission (£1800) on 7 July 1869.

Savory served: Ireland (1855-6), Aldershot (1856-7), India (1857-60), Edinburgh and Fort George (1860-1), Aldershot (1861-3), Hong Kong (1863-4), Dublin (1865), Gibraltar (1865-6), Scotland (1866-9), Canada (1869).

He was Adjutant of the 90thLight Infantry 1858-60 and Adjutant of the 78thHighlanders 1861-64.

Savory served at regimental duty with the 90thLight Infantry between 1855-60 and with the 78thHighlanders 1860-69 except for time spent away on the staff.  His staff appointments were: Station Staff Officer at Hardoi, India (1859); ADC to General Brown, Commanding a Brigade at Aldershot (1861-3); ADC to General Brown, Commanding the troops at Hong Kong (1863); and Assistant Military Secretary at Hong Kong (1863-4).

War Services (extracted from the Army List):

Lieutenant Savory served with the 90thLight Infantry during the India campaign of 1857-59, advanced with General Havelock’s column from CAWNPORE on the 19 September [1857] and was present at the actions on 21stand 23rdSeptember and the actions at MUNGARWAR, OONAO, BUSEERUTGUNGE, the capture of the ALUM BAGH and the several actions leading to and ending in the [first] relief of the Residency at LUCKNOW and its subsequent defence (wounded in October 1857); was at the storming of the Engine House and HIRN KHANA; served under General Outram throughout the operations at the ALUM BAGH from November 1857 until March 1858, and at the final siege and capture of LUCKNOW by Lord Clyde; also in the OUDE campaign of 1858 and as Station Staff Officer to Colonel Smith CB commanding a field force (medal and two clasps; a year’s service for Lucknow and a life pension for wounds).

Note: Savory also served in the latter part of the Mutiny as part of a flying column under General Sir Hope Grant and subsequently acted as orderly officer to different officers commanding brigades, eventually being nominated in General Orders as staff officer to a flying column in Oudh.

He was granted one year’s pay, together with a permanent life pension of £70 per annum for the wound he received at the Residency at Lucknow. During the defence

On leaving the Army Savory was appointed to the Militia and was Adjutant of the Royal London Militia between 1871-81 and of the 4thBattalion Royal Fusiliers (as the Royal London Militia became) from 1881-2.  The unit was based at Finsbury Barracks.

Savory had married on 21 February 1861 at All Hallows Church, Tottenham, to Amelia Anna Mary Smith, (a minor and a spinster) daughter of Charles Smith, Gentleman, of Tottenham.  Savory is noted as serving in Edinburgh at the time.

Savory was made a Freeman of the City of London on 23 July 1878.

Major Savory died on 26 May 1882 at 8, Titchfield Terrace, Regents Park, London.  Probate of his will was granted on 4 August 1882.  He left personal estate valued at £3,274-5s-0d

Indian Mutiny medal verified on L/MIL/5/76. Roll of officers and men of the 90thLight Infantry who have been employed in the suppression of the mutiny in India.  The roll is signed 16 October 1858, noting ‘Lieut H.B. Savory, medal made and sent 12/3/61.’

Medal NVF with some minor edge knocks etc