For Queen and Company

Vignettes of the Irish Soldier in the Indian Mutiny

David Truesdale, John Young

The story of those Irishmen who were awarded the Victoria Cross for their actions in The Indian Mutiny, and some other equally interesting characters.
Date Published :
October 2019
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Warfare in the Age of Victoria
Illustration :
c 60 ills & maps
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781911512790
Pages : 112
Dimensions : 9.75 X 7 inches
Stock Status : Available


This book records the actions of those Irish soldiers (and others) who were awarded the Victoria Cross in the event known to the British public in 1857 as 'The Indian Mutiny'. Since then, revisionist historians have applied other names to what occurred: a 'war of independence', 'a revolt', or 'a great rebellion'... none of these are accurate for the events that began in Meerut on Sunday, 10 May 1857: it was a mutiny; when soldiers refused a lawful command, it was a mutiny. Those former members of the Indian regiments were mutineers and those civilians who joined or supported them were rebels... these were the words of the time and, in recounting the activities of the time, these are the words that should be used. It took two and a half years to quell the Mutiny, and more than half the regiments of the British Army would, at some stage, see action - and this involved only the Indian troops in one of three Presidencies. While many regimental records show the names of those men who were wounded, or who died of disease or were killed in action - allowing a total number to be calculated - the overall cost to the native populations of Indian towns and villages can only be guessed at.

About The Author

David Truesdale took early retirement in 1998 and since then has written for films and television and produced battlefield guides for the Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum, The First Eagle: the 87th Foot at the Battle of Barrosa, and Regulars by God! The 89th Foot at the Battle of Lundy’s Lane.

For relaxation he paints in watercolor, listens to good music, drinks red wine and finds that Tommaso Albinoni (1671-1750) and his Oboe Concerto in D Minor has been an inspiration during difficult time in any manuscript.

John Young was born in London in 1956 and he has Irish roots on both the maternal and paternal sides of his family. He was educated in Blackheath and North-West London and has written for various publications - including Soldiers of the Queen: The Journal of the Victorian Military Society, in which he served as an officer of the society, before being elected as the Chairman of Anglo-Zulu War Research in 1991. The society was relaunched as the Anglo-Zulu War Royal Research Trust, in which John is the only officer of the Trust who is not a member of the Zulu Royal House. He is the author of They Fell Like Stones: The Battles and Casualties of the Zulu War, 1879 and Victoria's Harvest: The Irish Soldier in the Zulu War of 1879 (Helion, 2016) and is married with two adult sons.


"An excellent little book which does exactly what the title demands.''

- The Military Historical Society Bulletin

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