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Richard Harte Keatinge
17 June 1825 – 25 May 1904
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Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Place of death Horsham, Sussex
Resting place Hills Street Cemetery, Horsham
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Bombay Army
British Army
British Indian Army
Rank Lieutenant General
Unit Bombay Artillery
Royal Artillery
Indian Staff Corps
Battles/wars Indian Mutiny
Awards Victoria Cross
Order of the Star of India
Other work Chief Commissioner of Ajmer-Merwara
Chief Commissioner of Assam

Lieutenant General Richard Harte Keatinge VC CSI (17 June 1825 – 25 May 1904) was an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Life and career

Keatinge was born in Dublin. He was 32 years old, and a major in the Bombay Artillery, Bombay Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed took place on 17 March 1858 at the assault of Chundairee for which he was awarded the VC:

Bombay Artillery (now of the Staff Corps)

Major Richard Harte Keatinge Date of Act of Bravery, March 17th, 1858

For having rendered most efficient aid at the assault of Chundairee; in voluntarily leading the Column through the breach, which was protected by a heavy cross fire. He was one of the foremost to enter, and was severely wdunded in the breach. The Column was saved from a serious loss that would probably have resulted, but for Major Keatinge's knowledge of the small path leading across the ditch, which had been examined during the night by himself and a servant, who declined, when required, to lead the column, without his master. Having cleared the breach; he led into the Fort where he was struck down by another dangerous wound. The Commander-in-Chief in India states that the success af Chundairee was mainly owing to this Officer, whose gallantry, really brilliant, he considers was equalled by his ability and devotion.

Major Keatinge was at the time a Political Officer with the 2nd Brigade of the Central India Field Force.

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In 1862 he was transferred to the Royal Artillery and then to the Bombay Staff Corps of the British Indian Army.

In 1868, he founded the Rajkumar College, Rajkot, which opened its doors as a school for boys in 1870.

From 1871 to 1873 he was Chief Commissioner of Ajmer-Merwara, and from 1874 to 1878 was Chief Commissioner of Assam. He later achieved the rank of lieutenant general.

In retirement, he settled at Horsham, Sussex, where he died in 1904.

References

  1. ^ London Gazette: no. 22601, p. 956, 25 February 1862. Retrieved on 19 September 2009.

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Government offices
New title Chief Commissioner of Ajmer-Merwara
1871–1873
Succeeded by
Sir Lewis Pelly
Preceded by
Henry Hopkinson
as Commissioner of Assam
Chief Commissioner of Assam
1874–1878
Succeeded by
Stewart Colvin Bayley
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