Indian Mutiny, 2 bars, Lucknow, Defence of Lucknow, George Boardman, 1st Battalion 5th Foot, Northumberland Fusiliers.
George Boardman was wounded in action on 25th September 1857, the same day that his column under General Havelock finally broke through after many attempts to capture the city of Lucknow, but so weakened by their repeated assaults over the months they were encircled and became defenders themselves under siege.
George Boardman was born in Saint Benedicts, Norwich, Norfolk during 1822.
At the age of 18 having been making his living as a Shoemaker, he enlisted in the 1st Bn 5th Regiment of Fusiliers on 21st October 1840, with the service number 1536.
He would go on to serve his 21 years, 13 of which were spent overseas, beginning with his 9 years & 8 months in Mauritius, followed by the East Indies for 3 years and 4 months.
During his time in India the medal roll confirms his service as “Served in General Havelocks relieving column, September 1857 in Alum Bagh Garrison, September, October & November 1857 before Lucknow December 1857, January, February & March 1858.”
Also that he served “Yes In Defence” of Lucknow and with the remark he was “Wounded 25 September 1857.”
His service was described as “Very good indeed, has never been tried by a court martial, is in possession of four good conduct badges, the Queen’s Medal (LS&GC) and gratuity of £5, the Indian Mutiny Medal and two clasps.”
He had served almost his entire service as a Private, before being promoted to Corporal on 25th July 1861 and being discharged as Corporal on 28th October 1861 at Camp Colchester.
A note on his service papers state that his pension was increased in August 1863 with “One year more for Lucknow”.
On his discharge it states he had a “Scar on neck” which is possibly where he was wounded during the Indian Mutiny