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 Robert Blair

Robert Blair

Birth
Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland
Death 28 Mar 1859 (aged 25)
Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Burial Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
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Memorial ID 11278995 · View Source
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Indian Mutiny Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Linlithgow, Scotland, he served as a Lieutenant in the 9th Queen's Royal Lancers, British Army. During the siege of Delhi, Luckhow, India, on December 28, 1857, Lieutenant Blair was in charge of a troop of twelve men sent out to bring in an empty ammunition wagon. On nearing the wagon his troop was surrounded by up to sixty rebels. Without hesitation Lieutenant Blair formed up his troop and charged the enemy cutting their way through without loss and killing nine of the enemy in the process. Lieutenant Blair personally killed four and was about to engage a native officer with his sword when he was struck across the shoulder by the native but managed to kill to him with the assistance of his men. For gallantry in the face of the enemy, he was promoted Captain and awarded the Victoria Cross on June 18, 1858. He later died at age 25 of smallpox in Cawnpore, India. His cousin Lieutenant General James Blair was also a Indian Mutiny Victoria Cross recipient.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 2 Jul 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11278995
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Blair (13 Mar 1834–28 Mar 1859), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11278995, citing Old British Cemetery, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India ; Maintained by Find A Grave .