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A VERY SCARCE 14TH LIGHT DRAGOONS PUNJAB 1849 TO A TROOPER WHO WAS SEVERELY WOUNDED, BEING SHOT THROUGH THE MOUTH AT THE BATTLE OF RAMNUGGUR 22 NOVEMBER 1848

PUNJAB 1849, CLASPS GOOJERAT, CHILIANWALA ‘ SAMUEL CHEETHAM. 14TH LT DRAGNS’

Samuel Cheetham, an 18 year old Shoemaker from St Mary, Nottingham, enlisted into the 14th Light Dragoons on 7 June 1845 (Regt No 728). He took part in the Punjab war of 1848-9, during which he was severely wounded at the cavalry action at Ramnuggur, here his Regiment loosing 1 Officer, 14 OR’s and 37 horses killed. 5 officers, 22 OR’s and 15 horses wounded. Cheetham was promoted Corporal, 6 August 1850 but was reduced to Private the following year, remaining at this rank when he took part in the suppression of the Indian Mutiny and was promoted Corporal again on 25 July 1861. He transferred to the 21st Hussars on 1 May 1863 and to the 17th Lancers as a Sergeant, on 1 March 1864. Cheetham, who had served in the East Indies for just over 14 years, was discharged at his own request after 24 years service on 24 July 1869.

His service records note his “conduct has been very good” and that he was “Severely wounded (shot through the mouth) at the battle of Ramnuggur”. It also confirms he had additionally been awarded the Indian Mutiny and Long Service and Good Conduct Medals.

On discharge under ‘Intended Place of Residence’, Cheetham had given; ‘Milbank Prison London’, so presumably he had taken a job as a prison warder.

Condition NEF, Queen’s head still with frosting, minor Casting flaw on rim at 6 o’clock or EF. Sold with a copy of the regimental history CD, this having a very good chapter on the Punjab campaign and the battle of Ramnuggur in particular.

14th Light Dragoons casualty medals for the battle of Ramnuggur rarely appear on the market.

Code J2898        Price £        SOLD