An interesting Punjab Medal 1848-1849, 2 Clasps: Goojerat, Chilianwala, awarded to Private John McSweeney, 9th Queen’s Royal Lancers, formerly 17th Duke of Cambridge’s Own Lancers and later 6th Dragoon Guards - the Carabiniers, who was with the 9th Lancers during the First Sikh War in the Sutlej Campaign in action at the battle of Sobraon on 10th February 1846, and then during the Second Sikh War in the Punjab Campaign when present in action at the battle of Chillianwala on 13th January 1849 and the battle of Goojerat on 21st February 1849, whe

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An interesting Punjab Medal 1848-1849, 2 Clasps: Goojerat, Chilianwala, awarded to Private John McSweeney, 9th Queen’s Royal Lancers, formerly 17th Duke of Cambridge’s Own Lancers and later 6th Dragoon Guards - the Carabiniers, who was with the 9th Lancers during the First Sikh War in the Sutlej Campaign in action at the battle of Sobraon on 10th February 1846, and then during the Second Sikh War in the Punjab Campaign when present in action at the battle of Chillianwala on 13th January 1849 and the battle of Goojerat on 21st February 1849, where his regiment undertook a successful charge. He latterly saw service during the Indian Mutiny with the 6th Dragoon Guards - the Carabiniers, and was present in the siege and capture of Delhi, being twice promoted during the operations which lasted from 30th May to 14th September 1857.

Punjab Medal 1848-1849, 2 Clasps: Goojerat, Mooltan; (J. McSWEENEY, 9TH. LANCERS.)

Condition: some contact wear, light edge bruising, Very Fine.

John McSweeney was born in Thurles, County Tipperary, Ireland, and having worked as a saddler, then attested for service with the British Army at Dublin on 16th August 1839, joining as a Private (No.1862) the 17th Duke of Cambridge’s Own Lancers. McSweeney went on to service for 24 years with the Colours, of which 17 years and 3 months were spent on service in India.

Having transferred to the 9th Queen’s Royal Lancers on 1st April 1842, he was with the regiment when it was posted out to India, having clearly been transferred to make up the numbers in readiness for foreign service, and he then went on to see survive during the First Sikh War in the Sutlej Campaign from February 1846, he was present in action at the battle of Sobraon on 10th February 1846.

McSweeney saw further service during the Second Sikh War in the Punjab Campaign, when he was present in action at the battle of Chillianwala on 13th January 1849 and the battle of Goojerat on 21st February 1849, where his regiment undertook a successful charge.

Remaining on service in India, he transferred to the 6th Dragoon Guards - the Carabiniers on 1st March 1857, and was with this regiment in India on the outbreak of the Indian Mutiny in May 1857, and then took part in the siege and capture of Delhi from 30th May to 14th September 1857.

McSweeney was promoted to Corporal on 1st June 1857 whilst engaged at Delhi, and was still operating in front of Delhi when he was promoted to Sergeant on 20th July 1857. Placed in confinement and awaiting trial on 13th August 1859, by which time he was on home service, McSweeney was tried, convicted and reduced to Private on 25th August 1859, but went on to be promoted to Corporal again on 14th February 1861. McSweeney was discharged on 22nd September 1863. Additionally entitled to the Sutlej Medal 1845-1846 with reverse for Sobraon, and the Indian Mutiny Medal 1857-1859 with clasp for Delhi.