THE Victoria Cross won by a brave Scots general who charged the enemy with just the butt of his sword sold for £223,000.
General James Blair was left grasping just the blunt hilt of his weapon after the blade snapped during a skirmish in the Indian Mutiny of 1857.
Despite having a serious sword wound to his arm, he fearlessly led his men in a charge at the mutineers to engage in fierce hand-to-hand combat.
Marcus Budgen, of auctioneers Spink & Figlio, disse: “General Blair was one of the finest characters to emerge from the Indian Mutiny.”
“It is hard not to be blown away by the gallantry he displayed when outnumbered and outgunned.
“We were thrilled with the strong price achieved and the buyer was ecstatic to add this to his collection.”
Gen Blair’s Victoria Cross citation, describing what happened next, stati: “After breaking the end of his sword on one of their heads, and receiving a severe sword cut on his right arm, he rejoined his troop.
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“In this wounded condition, and with no other weapon than the hilt of his broken sword, he put himself at the head of his men, charged the rebels most effectually, and dispersed them.”
He spent his final years in Melrose, nel Scottish Borders, and died in 1905.