Sir Dighton Macnaghten Probyn VC.

Dighton Macnaghten Probyn (21/01/1833 – 20/06/1924) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions a while serving in the 2nd Punjab Cavalry, Bengal Army during the Indian Mutiny in 1858.

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 22154, Page: 2960, reads:

2nd Punjab Cavalry. Captain (now Major) Dighton Macnaghten Probyn.

Has been distinguished for gallantry and daring throughout this campaign. At the battle of Agra, when his squadron charged the rebel infantry, he was some time separated from his men, and surrounded by five or six sepoys. He defended himself from the various cuts made at him, and before his own men had joined him had cut down two of his assailants. At another time, in single combat with a sepoy, he was wounded in the wrist, by the bayonet, and his horse also was slightly wounded; but, though the sepoy fought desperately, he cut him down. The same day he singled out a standard bearer, and, in the presence of a number of the enemy, killed him and captured the standard. These are only a few of the gallant deeds of this brave young officer.

Despatch from Major-General James Hope Grant, K.C.B., dated 10th January, 1858.

He is buried in Kensal Green Cemetery in London, the image below is of the Probyn family grave. Sir Dighton is not buried in this grave.

Kensal Green Cemetery, London.

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