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VC149   James Blair

BORN   27 January 1828

DIED   18 January 1905  AGE   76

VC Won  12 August 1857  AGE   29

Place VC Won  Neemuch

War/Campaign  The Indian Mutiny

Name   James Blair   No.   

VC Issue No.   149   Awards   VC   CB

Regiment   2nd Bombay Light Cavalry

Later   The 31st Duke of Connaughts Own Lancers

Now   13th Lancers Pakistan Army

Rank VC Won   Captain

Rank End Of Career   General

Place Of Birth   Nimach, Gwalior, India

Place Of Death   At his home, 'The Pavillion', Melrose, Borders, Scotland

Buried/Location Ashes  Holy Trinity Churchyard, High Cross Avenue, Melrose, Borders, Scotland


Date Buried/Cremated   22 January 1905

Headstone   Headstone   Plot/Grave no.   

Gazetted   25 February 1862

VC Presented   1862, GOC Bombay, Lieutenant-General Sir W Mansfield, Bombay, India


P  Headstone, Holy Trinity Churchyard, High Cross Avenue, Melrose, Borders, Scotland

P  Named on wife's headstone at Holy Trinity Churchyard, Melrose, Borders, Scotland

By The Way…

Cousin of (186) Robert Blair VC

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Awarded the VC for two acts of gallantry. First on 12th August 1857 at Neemuch when he tried to apprehend several armed mutineers, being severely wounded in the process. On the second occasion 20th October 1857 at Jeerum, fighting a group of Sepoys who had surrounded him. He then charged at another group of rebels, with just his broken sword, putting them to flight

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