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Sir Dighton MacNaghten Probyn

(1833-1924), Army officer and courtier; recipient of the Victoria Cross

Sitter in 5 portraits
Probyn was awarded the VC by Queen Victoria in 1858, the first recipient of the award to be recognised for acts of bravery during the Indian Mutiny. Probyn was at Jullundur, the station of his parent regiment, the 6th Bengal Light Cavalry, when the Mutiny broke out in May 1857. His acts of bravery were reported in The London Gazette on 18 June 1858: 'At the battle of Agra, when his squadron charged the rebel infantry, he was some time separated from his men, and surrounded by five or six sepoys. He defended himself from the various cuts made at him, and before his own men had joined him had cut down two of his assailants.'

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Sir Dighton MacNaghten Probyn, by Bourne & Shepherd - NPG x12771

Sir Dighton MacNaghten Probyn

by Bourne & Shepherd
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x12771

Sir Dighton MacNaghten Probyn, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96184

Sir Dighton MacNaghten Probyn

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1889
NPG x96184

Sir Dighton MacNaghten Probyn, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96185

Sir Dighton MacNaghten Probyn

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1889
NPG x96185

Sir Dighton MacNaghten Probyn, after Sydney Prior Hall - NPG D40763

Sir Dighton MacNaghten Probyn

after Sydney Prior Hall
photographic print, (1913)
NPG D40763

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Sir Dighton MacNaghten Probyn

by Alexander Bassano
panel portrait size glass negative, 1889
NPG x128016

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sandra j wyatt

17 April 2021, 17:13

My Great Aunt was his housekeeper/cook whilst he lived in Windsor Castle early 1900's (Miss Preston)
My Mother actually went to Windsor Castle for her holidays when a small child. Her journey from Buckland in Hertfordshire started with a pony trap ride to Buntingford Train station , there to go on her exciting trip with her older sister.
My Mum was Helena Frances Bullard and Aunt Molly was Mary Louise Shepherd ,both of Buckland.

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