VC of officer who led a successful rearguard against 2,000 of the enemy has sold for £520,800.

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Colonel Charles Grant<br />
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The Victoria Cross awarded to an officer who led a successful eight day rearguard with 80 men against 2,000 of the enemy has sold for £520,800 today. <br />
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Colonel Charles Grant, who was born in Aberdeenshire, and his small band of Gurkhas and Punjabi troops held out against the might of the state army of Manipur in eastern India who revolted against British rule in March 1891.<br />
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Upon hearing that Brits were being held captive, he marched his men 40 miles to Thobal, a village 15 miles from Manipur, which they stormed and captured.<br />
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After entrenching themselves there,  they repulsed repeated enemy offensives, while inflicting heavy casualties on their adversaries, before successfully breaking out.<br />
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Col Grant's exploits earned him the highest award for his gallantry and the nickname the 'hero of Manipur', drawing comparisons to the rearguard at Rorke's Drift 12 years earlier.<br />
His medals and personal effects, including his sketchbooks and letters, sold with London-based auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb.