Indian Mutiny, clasp “Delhi” – 1/60th, wounded at Delhi.
Indian Mutiny, clasp “Delhi” – T. Christopher, 1st Bn. 60th Rifles.
Correct on roll. Discharged Sept. 1859.
This battalion was at Meerut when the initial Mutiny outbreak began in May 1857 – actually at their church service, unarmed, when it started – and was universally criticised for not taking more dynamic action to stop the mutineers reaching Delhi (where the city was raised in rebellion).
Interestingly, as a result of this circumstance, British soldiers in India afterwards took their rifles into church with them!
[see article on this site re the mutiny at Meerut]
The 1/60th was accordingly one of the first regiments to be sent to Delhi Ridge, joining the “Delhi Field Force” and seeing action en route and as the siege got underway; they served throughout the very severe operations to repel constant attacks on the ridge and then took part in the assault on the city.
In common with many other regiments serving “before Delhi” and on Delhi Ridge, the 60th were constantly involved in action.
Recipient was slightly wounded at Delhi on 12th September 1857, two days before the assault on the city. He was one of 6 men of the 1/60th wounded on that day, but the regt. suffered an appalling 389 casualties during the siege and stroming – the highest total for any battalion engaged.
Better than VF, with a couple of very slight edge dints. Toning black.