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1858: Lieutenant Sergison killed at Lucknow

Updated: Dec 8, 2023

Sussex Advertiser - Tuesday 11 May 1858

Cuckfield


Charles Warden Sergison, of the 93rd Highlanders, who fell in the attack of the Begum's Palace, Lucknow, on the 10th March *, entered the army in March, 1855.


He carried the colours of his regiment for four months in the Crimea, and fought most gallantly at the relief of the Residency at Lucknow, and at the Secunderabad, taking a musket and fighting as a common soldier. Had he been spared he would have attained his 24th year in June.


The Begum Palace complex Photograph by Felice Beato (1825-1907), Indian Mutiny (1857-1859), 1858.

He was the eldest son of Rev. W. Sergison, rector of Slaugham, and nephew to Warden Sergison, Esq., of Cuckfield Park.


*The Begum Kotee (or Begum Kothi) palace complex was severely damaged during the Indian Mutiny. During Sir Colin Campbell's final capture of the city of Lucknow it was the scene of fierce fighting with around 600 rebels being killed there. Major William Stephen Raikes Hodson, the controversial founder of Hodson's Horse, was mortally wounded leading an attack there on 11 March 1858.



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