b. 13/06/1820 Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. d. 06/05/1862 Hingoli, India.
Herbert Mackworth Clogstoun (1820-1862) was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad on 13th June 1820, and was commissioned into the Madras Army on 15th January 1838. He remained with the 19th Madras Native Infantry until 1856, when he transferred as second in command of the 2nd Cavalry Hyderabad Contingent. On 15th January 1859, Captain Clogstoun was part of Brigadier Hill’s Berar Field Force searching for rebels about 35 miles from Hingoli, the HQ of the Hyderabad Contingent. They caught up with a 400 strong rebel band at the village of Chichumbah. Clogstoun was recommended for the VC for his actions that day.
He charged the rebels into Chichumbah with only eight men of his regiment, compelling them to re-enter the town and finally abandon their plunder. He was severely wounded himself and lost seven out of the eight men who had originally accompanied him.
He was promoted to Major and received his VC at an investiture held at Madras on 19th January 1860. He took command of his regiment in September 1861, but was killed in action six months later on 6th May 1862 at Hingoli. He was buried in Madras Cemetery. His medals are held by the National Army Museum, Chelsea.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM, CHELSEA, LONDON.
BURIAL PLACE: MADRAS CEMETERY, MADRAS, INDIA.