Sir William Olpherts

  • Rank: General
  • Force: Bengal Artillery
  • VC Won: Relief of Lucknow, Indian Mutiny, 25 September 1857
  • Born: Blackwaterdown, Co.Armagh, Ireland, 8 March 1822
  • Died: Upper Norwood, S.E. London, 30 April 1902
  • Location of VC: National Army Museum, London
  • Grave: Richmond Cemetery, Grave number 1953, Section N

Accounts of Deeds

On 25 September 1857, at Lucknow, during the Indian Mutiny, troops penetrated into the city, and Captain Olpherts charged on horseback with the 90th Regiment. They captured two guns in the face of very heavy fire. Afterwards, he returned under severe fire of musketry to bring up limbers and horses to carry off the captured ordnance.

At the outbreak of the Mutiny, as he was a daring and able officer, he earned the nickname "Hellfire Jack" although he was also regarded as being somewhat eccentric. He ended his army career as Colonel-Commandant of the Royal Artillery.

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Updated: 3 August 2009