The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's)

'Sans Peur'       Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders red and white dicing       'Ne Obliviscaris'


93rd Regiment, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

Victoria Cross proposed by the Regiment and awarded 16 November 1857

The Victoria Cross is the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy.

The Victoria Cross

The Victoria Cross
"for valour"

Name DUNLAY, John
Rank Lance-Corporal
Service 93rd Regiment, The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
Theatre where VC won Secundra Bagh, Lucknow, Indian Mutiny, 16 November 1857
Recorded in London Gazzette 24 December 1858
Place & Date of Birth Douglas, County Cork, Ireland, 1831
Place & Date of Death County Cork, Ireland, 17 October 1890
Burial Ground St Joseph's Cemetery, Cork, Ireland
Current Location of VC Sheesh Mahal Museum, Patiala, India

Scene of Action

Secundra Bagh is a villa and country estate on the outskirts of Lucknow, India. It was built as a summer house for the nawab of Awadh, Wajid Ali Shah. The estate was named after the nawab's favourite wife, Begum Sikander Mahal.

During the siege of Lucknow in the Indian Mutiny of 1857, Secundra Bagh was used as a refuge by hundreds of sepoys who were under siege by British and colonial troops. The villa was breached on 16 November 1857 and 2000 sepoys were killed by British troops.

On 16 November 1857 at Lucknow, India, Lance-Corporal Dunlay was the first man of the Regiment to enter one of the breaches in the Secundra Bagh, along with captain William George Drummond STEWART, whom he most gallantly supported against superior numbers.

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