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17 War Services of the General Officers.
The Chiefs of the District, who were nearly related to the culprits, assembled a war party of 700 men for their
rescue, while the British force consisted of only 170 men, notwithstanding which Captain Laye ordered a Court
Martial, composed of subalterns, for the trial of the murderers, and on their conviction had four of them hanged
as soon as possible. Tlie execution was followed by an attack upon the settlement by the war party, and which
was repulsed with great loss. Governor Sir George Grey, in two despatches to Earl Grey, the Secretary of State
for the Colonies, reported,—" that the firmness and decision with which Captain Laye acted had saved the country
from serious and protracted rebellion." He received the special approbation of Her Majesty through Earl Grey
in the following terms,—" I have it especially in command to assure you of the sense whicli Her Majesty entertains
of the firmness with which Captain Laye acted upon the occasion of the attack of the Natives on'thetownof
Wanganui, and of the gallant conduct of himself and the detachment under his orders on that occasion." He
was mentioned in the Government Gazette and despatches, received the Brevet of Major, and Medal. In 1855 he
joined the Staff in Turlcey, and was appointed Assistant Military Secretary to Lord WilUam Paulet commanding
the Troops on the Bosphorus.
'' Lt.General Baumgartner served in the Eastern campaign of 1854-55 with the 28th Regt., including the battles
of Alm.a and Inkerman, siege and fall of Sebastopol, and aflair on the i8th June in the Cemetery (succeeded to the
command of the Regt.); was wounded in the Trenches 17th Aug. 1855 (Medal with three Clasps, CB., Sardinian and
Turkish Medals, and 4th Class of the Medjidie).
^* Lt.General Fordyce served the Eastern campaign of 1854, and up to the i6th June 1855, with the 47th
Eegt., including the battles of Alma (contusion of left foot) and Inkerman, capture of Balaklava, siege of Sebas¬
topol, a,nd sortie of 26th October 1854 (Medal with four Clasps, Brevet of Lt.Colonel, CB., 5th Glass of the Medjidie
and Turkish Medal).
" Lt.General Leith served in the 1st Bombay Fusiliers in Karack, in the Persian Gulf, from 1838 to 1841. Punjaub
campaign of 1848-49, present at the siege and capture of Mooltan, led the storming party at the capture of the city
(Brevet of Major), and was dangerously wounded, losing his left arm, which was twice severed by sabre cuts from
two of the enemy, both of whom he cut down; ball in right shoulder (still unextracted), besides other sabre cuts on
right arm, &c. (Medal with Clasp); highly complimented for his distinguished gallantry, and appointed to the Staff
of the Army in the Adjutant General's Department. Reappointed Adjutant General of Division from 1854 to i860,
during the mutinies, under General Sir Henry Roberts.
" Lt.General Kelly served with the 31st Regt. in the Crimea from 22nd May to the end of June 1S55, including
the attack of the outworks of Sebastopol on the i8th of June (Medal with Clasp, 5th Class of the Medjidie, and Turkish
Medal). Served in the Indian campaign of 1857-58; commanded a Wing of the 38th Regiment at the battle of
Cawnpore on 6th Dec. 1857, and the same day commanded a Brigade in the defence of the enemy's captured camp
repulsing two attacks and capturing three guns; commanded three Companies of the 38th with a Troop of 9th Lan¬
cers and some Punjaub Cavalry against the villages of Whera and Nutt\iiore; commanded the 38th Regt. when
escorting the siege-train from Mynpore to Cawnpore, also at the storm and capture of Meeangunge, and attack of
the Dilkoosha; present at the taking of the Martiniere; 2nd in Command of the Regt. at the siege and capture
of Lucknow; commanded the Right Wing 38th Regt., with two Companies of the 84th and two of the 90th attached,
for the capture of the Queen's Palace—nine guns of various calibre fell into his hands; commanded the 38th from
23rd March to 9th June 1858, and was present at the affairs of Barree and Nuggur in Oude and action at Nawab-
gunge; commanded the 3rd Brigade from 27th March 1858 until its reduction (slightly wvjjided on the head by a
musket-ball on 15th March, repeatedly mentioned in despatches, Medal with Clasp, anu CB.).
'» Sir Fredericli Ponsonby served in the Crimean campaign with the Grenadier Guards from the 13th August 1855
to the end of the Russian war, and was present at the siege and fall of Sebastopol (Medal with Clasp, 3rd Class
of the Medjidie, and Turkish Medal).
™ Lt.General Erskine sei-ved with the 33rd Regt. in the Eastern campaign of 1854-55, including the battle of
Inkerman and siege of Sebastopol; he commanded the piquets of the Light Di\ision on the 14th Oct. 1854, when they
repulsed the .attack made on them by the enemy (iledal with two Clasps, Brevet of Lt.Colonel, 5th Class of the
Medjidie, and Turkish Medal).
^' Lt.General Wynyard served with the Grenadier Guards in the Crimea from April 1855, including the siege
and fall of Sebastopol (Medal with Clasp, 5th Class of the Medjidie, and Turkish Medal).
62 Lt.General Pattlo served with the i6th Lancers throughout the camjiaign in Affghanistan under Lord
Keane, and was present at the siege and capture of Ghuznee (Medal). Also the campaign on the Sutlej in 1846,
including the affair of Buddiwal, and battles of Aliwal (wounded) and Sobraon (Medal .and one Clasp). Served in
China as Brigadier in command of the Cavalry throughout the campaign of i860, including the action of Sinho, and
those of the i8tli and 21st Sept., also the surrender of Pekin (mentioned in despatches, CB., Medal with two Clasps).
" Li.Gencral Ingall served the Sutloj campaign of 1845-46 with the 62nd Regiment, including the battles of
Ferozeshah (wounded) and Sobraon (Medal and one Clasp). Served also in the Crimea from 13th Nov. 1854 to i8th
June 1855, including the siege of Sebastopol, the sortie of 6th April, and attack on the Quarries on the 8th June—
-wounded (Medal with Clasp, CB., Knight of the Legion of Honor, Sardinian and Turkish Medals, aad sch Class of the
0* Lt.General Walker served the Eastern campaign of 1854 as Aide de Camp to the Earl of Lucan, including the
battles of Alma, B.alaklava, and Inkerman, and siege of Sebastopol; was also at the Cavalry affair the day pre¬
vious to Alma; at the surjirise of the Russian rear-guard at M'Kenzie's Farm ; and sei-ved as a volunteer on board
H.M.S. Bellerophon at the liombardment of Sebastojiol on the 17th October (Medal with four Clasps, 5th Class of the
Medjidie, and Turkish :Medal). Served in the field in India in 1859, first in command of a Field Force at Secrora in
Oude, near which place he defeated the rebels on 27th April, and afterwards in command of the Column which accom¬
panied Sir Hope Grant to the Nepaul Frontier, including the action of the Jerwah Pass (Medal). Served in China
throughout the campaign of i860 as Assistant Qr.Master General of Cavalry, and was present at the actions of the
12th August, rSth and 21st Sept., and in the advance on Pekin {CB., Medal with Clasps). Served in the campaign
of 1866 in Bohemia and Moravia as British Military Commissioner at the Head Quarters of the Second Prussian
Army under H.R.H. the Crown Prince, and was present at the battles of Nachod and Koniggratz (Medal). The
2nd Class of the Red Eagle with Swords offered to him by the King of Prussia he was prevented from accepting
by existing regulations, but having received permission to accept and wear the 1866 Modal it was forwarded to him
directly by the' King of Prussia, accompanied by an autograph letter from His Majesty-. Served throughout the
Franco-German war in 1870-71, as British Military Commissioner at the Head Quarters of the 3rd German Ai-my
under H.R.H. the Crown Prince of Prussia, and was present at the battles of Weissemburg, Worth, and Sedan, and
throughout the investment of Paris, and received the permission of Her Majesty to accept and wear the Iron Cross
and the Medal granted at the termination of the campaign. '
«« Lt.General A. J. Herbert served the Eastern campaign of 1854-55, including the battles in the Crimea and the
siege of Sobastopol (Medal with Clasps, Knight of the Legion of Honor, 5th Class of the iledjidie, and Turkish Medal).
«' Lord Seaton served in the field during the Canadian rebellion as Aide de Camp to Field Marshal the late Lord
70 Lt.General Wells served with the 25th Regt. at the recapture of Port Natal from the insurgent Boers on
26th June 1842 (mentioned in despatches). Commanded ist Battalion 23rd Fusihers in the Indian mutiny campaign
including the relief of Lucknow by Lord Clyde (mentioned in despatches and services acknowledged by the Governor
General in Council), defeat of the Gwalior contingent at Cawnpore on 6th Doc. 1857 (mentioned), actions on the 9th
and nth March across the Goomtee, siege and capture of Lucknow—horse shot on i6th March, and three times
mentioned in despatches (Medal with two Clasps, and CB.).
71 Lt.General Pratt served with the 41st Hegt. throughout the campaign of 1842 in Affghanistan (Medal) and
was present in the engagements with the enemy on the 28th April in the Pisheen Valley; in those of the 29th May
near Candahar, 30th August at Goaine, 5th September before Ghuzneo ; at the occupation and destruction of that
fortress and of Cabool, the expedition into Kohistan, storm capture and destruction of Ist.alifT, and the various minor
affairs in and between the Bolan and the Khyber Passes. Sen-ed in the Crimea from the i8th May 1855, including
the siege and fall of Sebastopol and attacks of tlie Redan on the i8th June and 8th September—wounded (Meda
with Clasp, and Brevet of Lt.Colonel, dated 2nd Nov. 1855, Sardinian and Turkish Medals, and 5th Class of th(
Medjidie). Joined Sir Colin Campbell's Army before Lucknow on 14th Nov. 1857 and was at the relief of the Garri
son, also at the defeat of the Gwalior Contingent at Cawnpore on 6th December and at the fall of Lucknow in Mard

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