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Major saves lives while under gunfire

Year 1859

Read by Sheridan Swallow – Trustee, Royal Humane Society

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During the battle of the Raptee, on the 31st of December, 1858, on the frontiers of Nepaul, Major Stisted and four men of the 7 th Hussars were washed on to a sandbank in the middle of the foaming torrent, and as their horses had been drowned, there seemed no chance of their lives being saved, when the Lieutenant Colonel in command of the 7th Hussars, Sir W. Russell, Bart., called for a volunteer to swim out to them. Major Charles Craufurd Fraser begged to be allowed to go, and he swam out to them under a sharp fire from the enemy, who were on the opposite side, and after great difficulty, owing to the rapidity of the stream, he reached them. They were quite exhausted, but he succeeded in saving the lives of Major Stisted and the men with him. It was a most dangerous service, and was most gallantly performed by him, when we call to mind that Major Fraser at the time had only a partial use of his right hand, owing to a severe wound which he had received at the battle of Newabgunge, and from which he had not nearly recovered.

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