Queens Own Highlanders

(Seaforth & Camerons)

Regimental Association

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Surgeon Joseph Jee awarded the Victoria Cross, Lucknow 25/26th September 1857.

His citation reads:

“For most conspicuous gallantry and important services on the entry of the late Major General Havelock’s relieving force into Lucknow on 25th September 1857, in having, during action (when the 78th Highlanders, then in possession of the Char Bagh, captured two 9-pounders at the point of the bayonet), by great exertion and devoted, attended to the large number of men wounded in the charge, whom he succeeded in getting removed on cots and the backs of their comrades, until he had collected the dhooly bearers, who had fled.  Subsequently on the same day, in endeavouring to reach the Residency with the wounded men.  Surgeon Jee became besieged by an overwhelming force in the Mote Mehal, where he remained during the whole night and the following morning, voluntarily and repeatedly exposing himself to a heavy fire in proceeding to dress the wounded men who fell while serving a 24-pounder in a most exposed position.  He eventually succeeded in taking many of the wounded through a cross fire of ordanance and musketery safely into the Residency, by the river bank, although repeatedely warned not to make the perilous attemt.”

(London Gazette 9 November 1860)