Sir Dighton MacNaghten Probyn(1833-1924), Army officer and courtier; recipient of the Victoria Cross
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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.'