Punjab 1848-49, Goojerat, Mooltan – 32nd Foot
Punjab 1848-49, clasp, Goojerat, Mooltan, Chas Crowley, 32nd Foot.
At the siege of Sultan, once the walls had been breeched at the Delhi gate and the Khoonee Boorj (Bloody Bastion) orders were issued for storming in two columns, the Bengal column under Brigadier Markham included the 32nd Foot, with the 49th and 72nd NI, the second column was led by two companies of the 32nd under Captain Smyth, the Bengal common was to storm the Dehli Gate , taking up positions in the early afternoon under heavy fire.
The advance commenced at 3-00 o’clock, with the storming companies closely followed by sappers with scaling ladders, Smyth led with 32nd with his sword drawn. They were met by a blaze of gunfire from the walls, through which they went on cheering loudly..
Upon reaching the walls there was no place large enough for a single man to squeeze through. Confusion followed , the defence’s launched a hail of boulders and masonry and gunfire at the attackers who began to retreat, but the rear companies eager to get out of the hail of shot pressed on from behind., Smyth shouted that there was no breach and eventually the rear ranks went about and ran..
The attack on the Bloody Bastion had been successfully entered , the men on reaching the top were met by a volley of Sikh matchlock balls which passed over their heads. The men scrambled over a large stockade to find a thousand of the enemy with their swords drawn, the British fired a volley and then charged them with bayonet, the Sikhs fell back.
Colour Sgt John Bennet placed the Union Jack high on the breech, and during the thickest fire he stood waving it cheering on his comrades.
The Bengal column storming party led by Smyth had also now entered through the breech and fanned out into the city.
Copy of the medal roll shows Crowley died on the 13th July 1850.
Condition – VF, some small edge nicks