|THE PUNNIAR STAR AWARDED TO PRIVATE JOHN PURCELL VC, 9TH ( QUEEN'S ROYAL ) LANCERS IS TO BE AUCTIONED BY SPINK OF LONDON IN DECEMBER|
|18 November 2020|
|Medal entitlement of Private John Purcell,
9th ( Queen's Royal ) Lancers
|John Purcell was serving with the 9th Lancers during the Gwalior Campaign of 1843 after which two Stars were awarded to commemorate the two battles held on the same day, the Punniar Star and Maharajpoor Star. The Punniar Star awarded to John Purcell is to be sold at auction by Spink of London on the 8th December 2020. The estimated sale price is between £3,000 and £4,000.
The location of Purcell's Victoria Cross and campaign medals is unknown. The Punniar Star has resided in the present collection for over 40 years.
For the award of the Victoria Cross
[ London Gazette, 15 January 1858 ], Delhi, Indian Mutiny, 19 June 1857, Private John Purcell, 9th ( Queen's Royal ) Lancers.
The guns, I am happy to say, were saved, but a waggon of Major Scottís battery was blown up. I must not fail to mention the excellent conduct of a Sowar of the 4th Irregular Cavalry, and two men of the 9th Lancers, Privates Thomas Hancock and John Purcell, who, when my horse was shot down, remained by me throughout. One of these men and the Sowar offered me their horses, and I was dragged out by the Sowar's horse. Private Hancock was severely wounded, and Private Purcellís horse was killed under him. The Sowar's name is Roopur Khan.
On February 1858 the War Office confirmed John Purcell's posthumous award of the Victoria Cross. The Cross was sent to Lord Clyde of India instructing him to make a presentation to John Purcell's brother James who was also serving with the 9th Lancers during the Indian Mutiny. The current whereabouts of the Victoria Cross and campaign medals is not known. The Punniar Star has resided in the present collection of over forty years.
The current whereabouts of the Victoria Cross and campaign medals is not known. The Punniar Star has resided in the present collection of over forty years.
Iain Stewart, 18 November 2020