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THE SIEGE AND RELIEF OF LUCKNOW - INDIAN MUTINY - 1857

INTRODUCTION
My wife’s collateral ancestor, Veterinary Surgeon (1st Class) Hick Withers, having served in the Royal Artillery through the Crimean War and been invalided out of the army, re-joined and served in the 8th Hussars through the Indian Mutiny.
In looking for details of the engagements in which he was involved I came across information in The Times newspaper regarding the casualties incurred at the Siege and Relief of Lucknow, and the following pages provide details of the names of officers killed and wounded, and of those of the Lucknow garrison who survived the siege and were freed by the relief.
The information is from scanned images and is therefore not searchable either via my own search engine, nor via the ‘Find’ button on your browser. I am afraid it is a matter of reading the full lists !

BOB SANDERS

A BRIEF OUTLINE OF THE SIEGE AND RELIEF OF LUCKNOW
Sir Henry Lawrence had foreseen the revolt of the Sepoys, and when it broke out, on 30 May 1857, he had already fortified and provisioned the Residency at Lucknow. On 2 July 1857 he retired, with all the European inhabitants, the 300 strong British garrison, 36 volunteers and a few hundred loyal sepoys, to the Residency, and on that day the siege by the mutineers began. Two days later Sir Henry Lawrence died of a shell-wound. The siege continued for over 80 days.
On 25 September Sir Henry Havelock and Sir James Outram, with 2500 men broke through and reached the Residency, Outram then taking command of the defence.
On 16 & 17 November 1857 Sir Colin Campbell with 5000 men and 30 guns relieved the siege, and removed the garrison and other inhabitants to safety, ‘though he was unable to hold it against the rebels. By January 1858 the mutineers had fortified the Residency and it took two months to dislodge them, Sir Colin Campbell finally taking the whole city on 19 March 1858.

To see the lists of casualties and those saved click here