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VC114   John Buckley

BORN   24 May 1813

DIED   14 July 1876  AGE   63

VC Won  11 May 1857  AGE  43

Place VC Won  Delhi Magazine

War/Campaign  The Indian Mutiny

Name   John Buckley  No.   

VC Issue No.   114   Awards   VC   

Regiment   Commissariat Department, Bengal Establishment

Later   Army Ordnance Corps

Now   Royal Logistic Corps

Rank VC Won   Deputy Assistant Commissary of Ordinance

Rank End Of Career   Deputy Assistant Commissary of Ordinance

Place Of Birth   Cocker Hill, Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, England

Place Of Death   At his home, 213 East India Dock Road, Poplar, London, England

Buried/Location Ashes  Tower Hamlets Cemetery, Southern Grove, Bow, London, England


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone   Unmarked grave   Plot/Grave no.   Common Ground (wooded area to right of Bellamy's Meadow)

Gazetted   18 June 1858

VC Presented   02 August 1858 by Queen Victoria, Southsea Common, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England


P  Plaque on the 'Traveller's Call' Public House, Stalybridge, Greater Manchester

P  Named on plaque outside The Museum of the Manchesters, Ashton Town Hall, Market Place, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire

Name on tablet over the gateway at Delhi Magazine memorial, Delhi, India

P  Named on memorial at Royal Artillery Chapel, Woolwich, London

By The Way…

John Buckley lost two wives and eight children to disease and murder before and during the mutiny. At the end of the mutiny he oversaw the execution of one hundred and fifty mutineers by being blown from the cannon

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Royal Logistic Corps Museum, Deepcut, Camberley, Surrey, England



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At the start of the Mutiny the mutineers made straight for the Delhi Magazine. Buckley with 112 Forrest and 113 Rayner, defended the magazine against overwhelming odds. With no ammunition to hand and no relief on the horizon, they decided to blow the magazine

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