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James Blair
Birth: Jan. 27, 1828
Death: Jan. 18, 1905

Indian Mutiny Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Nimach, Gwalior, India, he served as a Captain in the 1st Bombay Light Cavalry, Indian Army. On August 12, 1857, at Neemuch, India, Captain Blair volunteered to apprehend seven or eight armed mutineers who had shut themselves up in a house. He burst open the door and after a fierce encounter during which he was severely wounded, the rebels escaped through the roof. In spite of his wounds he pursued, but was unable to catch them. On October 23, at Jeerum, India, he fought his way through a body of rebels who had surrounded him. In the action he broke his sword and was wounded, but nevertheless he led his men in a charge on the rebels and dispersed them. For most prestigious gallantry, he was awarded the Victoria Cross on February 25, 1862. His cousin Captain Robert Blair is also a Victoria Cross Recipient. Remaining in the service, he went on to be a Lieutenant General in command of the Indian Army. He died at age 76 in Melrose, Roxburghshire, Scotland. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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Holy Trinity Churchyard
Melrose
Scottish Borders, Scotland
 
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Record added: Nov 19, 2003
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James Blair
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Rest in peace old chap.
- derrick unwin
 Added: Apr. 9, 2015
Thank you for your much valued service to your country. Rest in peace.
- Robert Saulino, Sr.
 Added: Jan. 27, 2015

- James Snow
 Added: Jan. 18, 2015
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