Indian Mutiny Siege of Delhi and Lucknow Casualty and long service pair awarded to Private Denis Burns, 1st Battalion, 3rd East Kent Regiment of Foot - the Buffs, formerly 1st European Bengal Fusiliers from 1856 and 101st Regiment of Foot - the Royal Bengal Fusiliers from 1861. Burns was present during the Indian Mutiny and in action at the siege of Delhi which lasted from 30th May to 14th September 1857, and during the operations at Lucknow which lasted from November 1857 through to March 1858. It was on the penultimate day of the operations at Lucknow that Burns was severely wounded in action on 20th March 1858. Lucknow was completely cleared of mutineers the following day. Having transferred to the Buffs in July 1868, after taking his discharge, his plan was to settle in Wellington, New Zealand, though he eventually settled on Melbourne, Australia.
Indian Mutiny Medal 1857-1859, 2 Clasps: Lucknow, Delhi; (DENIS BURNES, 1ST. EURN. BENGAL FUSRS:); Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, Victoria small letter reverse, impressed naming; (1804 PTE: D. BURNS, 1-3rd. FOOT)
Condition: light contact wear, Very Fine.
Denis Burns, surname spelt Burnes on first, was born in Kenmare, County Kerry, Ireland, and having worked as a labourer, then attested for service with the British Army at Tralee in Kerry on 29th January 1855, joining as a Private with the East India Company Forces, being posted to the 1st European Bengal Fusiliers on 16th February 1856.
Burns then saw service out in India for the next 17 years and 9 months and was present during the Indian Mutiny and in action at the siege of Delhi which lasted from 30th May to 14th September 1857, and during the operations at Lucknow which lasted from November 1857 through to March 1858.
It was whilst in action at Lucknow at the very end of the operations that Burns was severely wounded on 20th March 1858. This wound occurred the day before Lucknow was completely cleared of mutineers. Burns however recovered from his wound, and was present when the Crown took over the H.E.I.C Forces, and as such joined the 101st Regiment of Foot - the Royal Bengal Fusiliers as a volunteer on 7th May 1861.
Having re-engaged for a period of 11 years service whilst stationed at Rawal Pindi on 9th February 1863, he was imprisoned by his commanding officer on 22nd April 1865, and again on 29th August 1865, but had all of his Good Conduct Pay restored by September 1867.
Burns then transferred as a Private (No.1804) to the 1st Battalion, 3rd East Kent Regiment of Foot - the Buffs on 1st July 1868, and was eventually awarded the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal circa February 1873. He was discharged on 10th March 1874 after over 21 years service, his intended place of residence by Melbourne in Australia, though he had originally stated Wellington, New Zealand. Confirmed as his full entitlement.