INDIAN MUTINY 1857, CLASP DEFENCE OF LUCKNOW ‘LIEUT A. R. LOUGHNAN, 13TH REGT N.I.’
Major Andrew Robert Loughnan was born in London on 30 May 1837 and as a Cadet destined for service with H.E.I.C., he left England for Indian on 4 January 1855, having been granted the rank of Ensign. Initially serving with the 67th Native Infantry, in April 1855 he was posted to the 13th Native Infantry. In July that year, the 13th were ordered to proceed on active service in consequence of an insurrection where Ensign Loughnan was present at several skirmishes with insurgents. In 1856, the 13th was posted to Lucknow and were present there when the great mutiny began and according to his obituary:
“When Sir Henry Lawrence marched out to attack the mutineers at Chinhut on 30th June 1857, Ensign Loughnan proceeded as one of the small body of Volunteer Cavalry that formed part of the force and which distinguished itself so much in covering the retreat on that day of disaster”.
Subsequently he was present throughout the ever-memorable defence of the Residency, in command of an outpost and on repeated occasions distinguished himself by displays of gallantry and judgment which would have done honor to a soldier of twice his years and experiencer. More particularly was this the case when on 20th July, the rebels made a desperate assault upon his post; the gallantry with which he sustained and the vigor with which he repelled the attack, won for him special praise of Sir John Inglis, as recorded in that officer’s report of the defence and he was afterwards……………
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Condition VF, some contact wear and minor pitting, attractive patina and original ribbon which has turned almost brown with age, this suspended by its brooch bar, again blackened with age. Medal new to the market, having been found in an old jewellery box.