John Divane VC

John Divane (11/1823 – 01/12/1888) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions at Delhi, India during the Indian Mutiny on 10 September 1857. 

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 22347 Page: 178, reads:

“60th Rifles (1st Battalion) Private John Divane
Date of Act of Bravery, 10th September, 1857

For distinguished gallantry in heading a successful charge made by the Beeloochee and Seikh Troops on one of the Enemy’s trenches before Delhi, on the 10th of September, 1857. He leaped out of our trenches, closely followed by the Native Troops, and was shot down from the top of the Enemy’s breastworks. Elected by the Privates of the Regiment.”

He is buried in Penzance Cemetery, Cornwall.

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