Queens Own Highlanders

(Seaforth & Camerons)

Regimental Association

Private James Hollowell VC

Pte James Hollowell VC 78th Highlanders

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Private James Hollowell of the 78th Highlanders wins the Victoria cross for gallantry at Lucknow 26th September 1857.

The citation reads:

“A party on 26th September was shut up besieged in a house in the city of Lucknow by the rebels.  Private James Hollowell, one of the party, behaved throughout the day in a most admirable manner: he directed, encouraged and led the others, exposing himself fearlessly, and by his talent in persuading and cheering, prevailed on nine dispirited men to make a successful defence in a burning house, with the enemy firing through four windows.”

(London Gazette 18 June 1858.)