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VC124   John Purcell

BORN   1814

DIED   19 September 1857  AGE   43

VC Won  19 June 1857  AGE  43

Place VC Won  Siege of Delhi

War/Campaign  The Indian Mutiny

Name   John Purcell  No.   

VC Issue No.   124   Awards   VC   

Regiment   9th Lancers

Later   Queen's Royal Lancers

Now   The Royal Lancers

Rank VC Won   Private

Rank End Of Career   Private

Place Of Birth   Kilcommon, near Oughterard Co. Galway, Ireland

Place Of Death  Delhi, India

Buried/Location Ashes  Old Delhi Military Cemetery (Nicholson Cemetery), Kashmeregate, New Delhi, Delhi Capital Territory, India


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone Unmarked grave     Plot/Grave no.   

Gazetted   15 January 1858

VC Presented   Registered post to the Commanding Officer, 9th Lancers on the 28 February 1859, to be received by his brother James Purcell


By The Way…

The nickname of the 9th Lancers - The Delhi Spearmen

VC Held By




VC 123 VC 125

After an engagement with the enemy, at the Siege of Delhi, Hancock, together with 123 Hancock, remained with a wounded officer until he was put on a horse and brought to safety. All the while under heavy fire

VC 123
VC 125
Indian Mutiny