Peter Gill VC

Name:  Peter Gill

Conflict: Indian Mutiny

Gazetted: August 24, 1858

Service: Indian Army

Peter Gill VC

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Place/date of birth: St Paul’s, Dublin, Ireland/September 1821

Rank when awarded VC (and later highest rank): Sergeant-Major (Lieutenant and Barrack Master)

Date of bravery: June 4, 1857

London Gazette citation:

Serjeant-Major Peter Gill, Loodiana Regiment

This Non-Commissioned Officer also conducted himself with gallantry at Benares, on the night of the 4th of June, 1857. He volunteered, with Serjeant-Major Rosamond, of the 37th Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry, to bring in Captain Brown, Pension Paymaster, and his family, from a detached Bungalow to the Barracks, as above recorded, and saved the life of the Quartermaster- Sergeant of the 25th Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry, in the early part of the evening, by cutting off the head of the Sepoy who had just bayonetted him. Serjeant-Major Gill states, that on the same night he faced a Guard of 27 men, with only a Serjeant’s sword; and it is also represented that he twice saved the life of Major Barrett, 27th Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry, when attacked by Sepoys of his own Regiment.

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Other decorations: N/A

Place/date of death: Morar, Gwalior, India/October 24, 1868

Grave/memorials: Headstone, Artillery Lines Cemetery, Morar, Gwalior; plaque on wall in Christ Church, Old Garrison Church, Morar, India

Origin of VC to the Lord Ashcroft collection: Purchased privately, 2023

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