THE VICTORIA CROSS AWARDED TO COLONEL CHARLES GRANT, 12TH REGIMENT ( 2ND BURMA BATTALION ), INDIAN ARMY, HAS BEEN SOLD AT AUCTION BY SPINK OF LONDON.
21 April 2011


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Medal entitlement of Colonel Charles Grant,
12th Regiment ( 2nd Burma Battalion ), Madras Infantry

  • Victoria Cross
  • Indian General Service Medal ( 1854-95 )
    • 2 clasps:
    • "Burma 1885-7" - "N.E. Frontier 1891"
  • 1914-15 Star
  • British War Medal ( 1914-20 )
  • Victory Medal ( 1914-19 )

The Victoria Cross and campaign medals awarded to Colonel Charles Grant, 12th Regiment ( 2nd Burma Battalion ), Madras Infantry, Indian Army, have been sold at auction by Spink of London on 21st April 2011. The sale hammer price realised £230,000. The identity of the purchaser of the VC group has not been revealed.


For the award of the Victoria Cross

[ London Gazette, 26 May 1891 ], Manipur, Burma, 21 March to 9 April 1891, Lieutenant Charles James William Grant, 12th Regiment ( 2nd Burma Battalion ) Madras Infantry, Indian Army.

For conspicuous bravery and devotion to his country displayed by him in having, upon hearing on the 27th March 1891, of the disaster at Manipur, at once volunteered to attempt the relief of the British captives, who with 80 Native Soldiers, and having advanced with the greatest intrepidity, captured Thobal, near Manipur, and held it against a large force of the enemy.

Lieutenant Grant inspired his men with equal heroism, by an ever-present example of personal daring and resource.

Charles Grant was invested with his Victoria Cross by The Governor of Madras, Lord Wenlock, at Octacamund, India, on the 6th July 1891.


Colonel Charles Grant died, aged 71, on the 23rd November 1932, at his home in Sidmouth, Devonshire, and was buried in the town's Temple Road Cemetery.

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Iain Stewart, 21 April 2011