Harry Hammon Lyster VC

Name: Harry Hammon Lyster

Conflict: Indian Mutiny

Gazetted: October 21, 1859

Service: Indian Army

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Harry Hammon Lyster VC
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Place/date of birth: Blackrock, Co Dublin, Ireland/December 24, 1830

Rank when awarded VC (and later highest rank): Lieutenant (later Lieutenant General)

Date of bravery: May 23, 1858

London Gazette citation:

72nd Bengal Native Infantry. Lieutenant Harry Hammon Lyster. Date of Act of Bravery, 23rd May, 1858.

For gallantly charging and breaking, singly, a skirmishing square of the retreating Rebel Army from Calpee, and killing two or three Sepoys, in the conflict. Major-General Sir Hugh Henry Rose, G.C.B., reports that this Act of Bravery was witnessed by himself and by Lieutenant Colonel Gall, C.B., of the 14th Light Dragoons.

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Other decorations: CB

Place/date of death: London/February 1, 1922

Grave/memorials: St James the Less Churchyard, Stubbing, Berkshire

Origin of VC to the Lord Ashcroft collection: Purchased at auction, Spink, London, 1990.

Current location of VC: Displayed on rotation at The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes exhibition, Imperial War Museum