A C.B. Pair to General A.Woodburn, 25th Regiment,
Lot 104
A C.B. Pair to General A.Woodburn, 25th Regiment,
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A C.B. Pair to General A.Woodburn, 25th Regiment,
The Most Honourable Order of the Bath, C.B., breast badge in gold and enamel; Scinde 1843, Hyderabad reverse, engraved in small capitals (Major. A.Woodburn. 25th Regt). Very fine or better. (2)


  • C.B. London Gazette 1843

    General Alexander Woodburn, a farmer's son, was born on 18th January 1803, in the Parish of Mauchline, Kilmarnock. He was nominated a Cadet of Infantry for the Bombay Establishment by R.Plowden Esq. on the recommendation of Sir James Haw Bart. Posted Ensign in the 12th Bombay Native Infantry on 11th February 1821, and promoted Lieutenant the following July, he was appointed Interpreter to the 11th N.I. in 1824. In 1826 he detalied to do duty with a company of pioneers under the Executive Engineer's Department in Candeish. Following further employ as an Interpreter and Fort Adjutant at Aahmednuggur, he was appointed Adjutant of the 25th N.I. Promoted Captain in February 1936, he was appointed to carry out Commissariat duties at Dapoolee in 1837, and afterwards served as Paymaster to the Poona Division.

    In April 1842, he was employed in Afghanistan in command of a 'Light Battalion' and participated in operations under Major-General England in Pisheen. In 1847, he submitted a memorial to the Commander-in-Chief asking him to confer the Candahar Medal of the men of the 25th N.I., but he was, however, turned down in his application. Advanced to the rank of Major in February 1843, he took part in the conquest of Scinde and commanded a brigade at the Battle of Hyderabad on 24th March. Sir Charles Napier reported:...the 2nd Brigade under the command of Major Woodburn was brought into action with excellent coolness. It consisted of the 25th,21st and 12th Regiments under command of Captains Jackson, Stevens and Fisher respectively (LG 6.6.1843).

    Following this Victory, Woodburn secured the sandstones fortress of Oomercote without firing a shot (LG 4.7.1843). For his service in Scinde he was appointed Lieutenant-Colonel and made a Companion of the Bath. In January 1849, Woodburn was appointed to command the fortress of Asseerhur. He became Colonel on 1.1.1854 and in March was appointed a Brigadier, 1st Class, in command of the Rajpootana Field Force. In May 1855, he was made Major-General, and following the outbreak of the Mutiny to years later, was appointed to the command of a moveable column in the Deccan Field Force, but was obliged to reliquish that post through ill health on 14th July 1857.

    General Woodburn died at Ahmedabad on 28th September 1860.

    Sold with photocopy Service Record.
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