Army of India 1799-1826,
Lot 53
Army of India 1799-1826,
Sold for £5,040 (US$ 7,901) inc. premium

Lot Details
Army of India 1799-1826,
long hyphen reverse, one bar, Battle of Deig, engraved (J.Reilly. Eurn Regt). Good very fine. (1)

Footnotes

  • The enemy commenced action early on the morning of the 13th November with heavy artillery bombardments. The 1st European Regt advanced to support the leading group of infantry and made a gallant charge at the enemy's artillery which was at the time pouring it's grapeshot and shell on advancing troops.
    They captured the guns and drove the supporting infantry back. However, after a successful second attack and the withdrawal of some enemy to the Fortress, a squadron of enemy horses recaptured their first line guns. The Regiment rejoined the hard pressed Sepoy battalions who then reorganised and the combined force soon destroyed the enemy. The Battle of Deig lasted but a few hours, the loss to the enemy is stated to have been 2,000 killed and 87 guns captured. Considering the small size of the British Force, the European losses were great; 6 Officers killed or died of wounds and 17 wounded. 63 European men were killed and 181 wounded. Amongst the wounded, the Bengal Regiment had 5 officers, 4 severely. The losses of the men being 22 killed and 52 wounded. The Musters for the Bengal European Regiment for 1804 only one person of a similar name to Ryley, that is John Riley from Castle Connor, Ireland. Aged 16 years, height 5'6", he arrived on the vessel BARKING at Bengal in 1802. Shown as a Corporal in 1806 and Sergeant in 1811. He is last mentioned in the Muster recorded at NAGPORE in 1823. His name spelt five different ways! Army of India medal roll (Ref l/Mil/5/44/folio57) state: Heading-'Unengraved. 10 John Ryley Battle of Deig- Pte Bengal European Regiment sent by post 1 Jan 1855. Only 47 bars were awarded for this action eight of these to Europeans and only two single bars to The Bengal European Regiment.
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