|THE VICTORIA CROSS AWARDED TO COLONEL JOHN WOOD, 20TH REGIMENT OF BOMBAY NATIVE INFANTRY, IS BELIEVED TO BE IN THE POSSESSION OF THE 2 RAJPUTANA RIFLES IN INDIA.|
|15 February 2010|
|On Friday, 26th June 2009, a prestigious artefact was displayed at the Quarter Guard of the headquarters of the 2nd Battalion, Rajputana Rifles in New Delhi, India.
The item in question was the Victoria Cross awarded to Colonel John Augustus Wood of the Grenadier Company of the 20th Bombay Native Infantry, who was awarded his Cross for gallant action during the conflict in Persia in 1856.
Commanding Officer of 2 Rajputana Rifles, Colonel Akash Kaushik said "the Victoria Cross is an honour bestowed for any military officer and the regiment is proud to have received the medal. The medal holds a historical value and adds to the glory of the regiment. The Rajputana Rifles is the first army regiment to have won a Victoria Cross".
The 20th Bombay N.I. was also known as the 120th Rajputana Infantry and after Army reorganisation in 1921 became the 2nd Rajputana Rifles the senior regiment in the Indian Army.
For the award of the Victoria Cross:
[ London Gazette, 3 August 1860 ], Bushire, Persia, 9 December 1856, Captain John Augustus Wood, 20th Bombay Native Infantry ( 2 Rajputana Rifles ).
On the 9th December 1856, Captain Wood led the Grenadier Company, which formed the head of the assaulting column sent against Bushire.
John Wood was invested with his Victoria Cross in Dacca, India, in January 1861.
John Wood left the Indian Army as a Brevet Colonel on 12th February 1870 and died on 23rd January 1878 at Poona from "concussion of the brain". He was buried in St Mary's Churchyard, Poona, with a headstone.
Medal entitlement of Colonel John Wood.
Iain Stewart, 15 February 2010