John Buckley

Date of birth: 
24 May 1813
Died: 
14 July 1876
Allegiance: 
United Kingdom
Service: 
Bengal Army, British Indian Army
Rank: 
Major
Unit: 
Awards: 
Victoria Cross
Campaigns: 
Indian Mutiny,
VC Awarded: 
18 June 1858
Awarded posthumously: 
No

Citation

For gallant conduct in the defence of the Magazine at Delhi, on the 11th May, 1857.

Deputy Assistant Commissary Buckley was one of nine men who defended the ammunition storehouse for more than five hours against large numbers of mutineers. When the wall was being scaled and hope of outside help was gone, they blew up the ammunition, killing many of the mutineers. Of the defenders, five died in the explosion and one shortly afterwards, while Buckley, George Forrest, and William Raynor survived.

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