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16593 Private

 Harry Fleming
 1st South Lancashire Regiment
Died of Cholera 14th July 1919.

Face 23.

(Buried Nowshera Mil. Cem. B. 22.).


Lived at 7 Craven Place, Burnley, Lancashire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Location Information

The Delhi Memorial (India Gate) stands at the eastern end of the Rajpath, or Kingsway.

 

Visiting Information

20.11.2006: Please note that it is only possible to get within 50 yards of some parts of the memorial due to security arrangements in Delhi. Access to read the names on parts of the memorial is therefore restricted.

 

Historical Information

Of the 13,300 Commonwealth servicemen commemorated by name on the memorial, just over 1,000 lie in cemeteries to the west of the River Indus, where maintenance was not possible. The remainder died in fighting on or beyond the North West Frontier and during the Third Afghan War, and have no known grave.

The Delhi Memorial also acts as a national memorial to all the 70,000 soldiers of undivided India who served and died in every main theatre of operations except Italy during the First World War, the majority of whom are commemorated by name outside the confines of India.

The memorial was designed by
Sir Edwin Lutyens. It was unveiled by Lord Irwin on 12 February 1931.

 

Victoria Cross Recipients

 

HENRY JOHN ANDREWS

Rank: Captain, Date of Death: 22/10/1919, Age: 48, Regiment/Service: Indian Medical Service, Awards: V C, M B E, Panel Reference Face 12 and 18., (Buried Bannu Cem. 160.).

Citation: An extract from the Third Supplement to the "London Gazette," dated 7th Sept., 1920, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on the 22nd October, 1919, when as Senior Medical Officer in charge of Khajuri Post (Waziristan) he heard that a convoy had been attacked in the vicinity of the post, and that men had been wounded. He at once took out an Aid Post to the scene of action and, approaching under heavy fire, established an Aid Post under conditions which afforded some protection to the wounded but not to himself. Subsequently he was compelled to move his Aid Post to another position, and continued most devotedly to attend to the wounded. Finally, when a Ford van was available to remove the wounded, he showed the utmost disregard of danger in collecting the wounded under fire and in placing them in the van, and was eventually killed whilst himself stepping into the van on the completion of his task."

 

EUSTACE JOTHAM

Rank: Captain, Date of Death: 07/01/1915, Age: 31, Regiment/Service: 51st Sikhs (Frontier Force), Awards: V C, Panel Reference Face 2,Son of Frederick Charles and Mary G. A. Jotham, of Millington Rd., Cambridge. (Buried Miranshar Cem. 4. 45. North Waziristan.).

Citation: An extract from Supplement to the "London Gazette," dated 23rd July, 1915, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery on 7th January, 1915, at Spina Khaisora (Tochi Valley). During operations against the Khostwal tribesmen Capt. Jotham, who was commanding a party of about a dozen of the North Waziristan Militia, was attacked in a nullah and almost surrounded by an overwhelming force of some 1,500 tribesmen. He gave the order to retire and could have himself escaped, but most gallantly sacrificed his own life by attempting to effect the rescue of one of his men who had lost his horse."

 

WILLIAM DAVID KENNY

Rank: Lieutenant, Date of Death: 02/01/1920, Age: 20, Regiment/Service: 39th Garhwal Rifles 4th Bn. , Awards: V C, Panel Reference Face 31., Native of Saintfield, Co. Down. (Buried Jandola Cem. 5.). 

Citation: An extract from the Third Supplement to the "London Gazette," dated 7th Sept., 1920, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty near Kot Kai (Waziristan) on the 2nd January, 1920, when in command of a company holding an advanced covering position, which was repeatedly attacked by the Mahsuds in greatly superior numbers. For over four hours this officer maintained his position, repulsing three determined attacks, being foremost in the hand-to-hand fighting which took place, and repeatedly engaging the enemy with bomb and bayonet. His gallant leadership undoubtedly saved the situation and kept intact the right flank, on which depended the success of the operations and the safety of the troops in rear. In the subsequent withdrawal, recognising that a diversion was necessary to enable the withdrawal of the company, which was empeded by their wounded, with a handful of his men he turned back and counter-attacked the pursuing enemy, and with the rest of his party, was killed fighting to the last. This very gallant act of self-sacrifice not only enabled the wounded to be withdrawn but also averted a situation which must have resulted in considerable loss of life."