THE VICTORIA CROSS AWARDED TO REGIMENTAL SERGEANT MAJOR DAVID RUSHE IS NOW ON LOAN AT THE 9TH / 12TH LANCERS MUSEUM.
Press Release by 9th / 12th Lancers Museum - 21 September 2011


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Medal entitlement of Regimental Sergeant Major David Rushe,
9th ( Queen's Royal ) Lancers

  • Victoria Cross
  • Sutlej Medal ( 1845-46 )
    • Reverse: 'Sobraon 1846'
  • Punjab Medal ( 1848-49 )
    • 2 clasps:
    • "Chilianwala" - "Goojerat"
  • Indian Mutiny Medal ( 1857-58 )
    • 3 clasps:
    • "Delhi" - "Relief of Lucknow" - "Lucknow"
  • Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal

The Victoria Cross and campaign medals awarded to Regimental Sergeant Major David Rushe of the 9th ( Queen's Royal ) Lancers has gone on display at the Derby Museum and Art Gallery, as part of the 'Soldiers' Story' gallery.

After his death in November 1886 Rushe's Victoria Cross and other medals were sold by his widow but were eventually recovered by the family in 1959. The VC group remains in the ownership of the Rushe family but are now on loan to the 9th / 12th Lancers Regimental Museum in Derby where they are on display for the first time in their history.


For the award of the Victoria Cross

[ London Gazette, 24 December 1858 ], Lucknow, Indian Mutiny, 19 March 1858, Troop Sergeant Major David Rushe, 9th ( Queen's Royal ) Lancers.

For conspicuous bravery, near Lucknow, on the 19th March 1858, in having, in company with one other private of the troop, attacked eight of the enemy, who had posted themselves in a nullah, and killed three of them.

( Despatch from Major-General Sir James Hope Grant KCB, dated 8th April 1858 ).

David Rushe was invested with his Victoria Cross by Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle on the 4th January 1860.


Following his illustrious military career David Rushe died on the 6th November 1886 at Great Marlow, Buckinghamshire, and was buried in an unmarked grave in the churchyard of All Saints Church, Marlow.

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Iain Stewart, date 24 September 2011