Colour Sergeant William Gardner (aged 35), 42nd. Royal Highland Regiment of Foot (Black Watch) 1856. He wears the Crimea Medal (1854-56) and Turkish Crimea Medal (1855-56).
Two years later during the Indian Mutiny he was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on the 5th May 1858.
"For his conspicuous and gallant conduct on the morning of the 5th of May last, in having saved the life of Lieutenant-Colonel Cameron, his Commanding Officer, who during the Action at Bareilly on that day, had been knocked from his horse, when three Fanatics rushed upon him. Colour-Sergeant Gardner ran out, and in a moment bayonetted two of them, and was in the act of attacking the third, when he was shot down by another soldier of the Regiment.”
( Letter from Captain Macpherson, 42nd Regiment, to Lieutenant-Colonel Cameron, Commanding of that Regiment ).
Born 3/3/1821 in Nemphlar, Lanarkshire - Died 24/10/1897