John Nicholson (1821 - 1857):
In December 1922 a statue of Nicholson, depicting him, sword-wielding, in the thickest of fighting, was unveiled in Market Square, Lisburn; the statue was designed by FW Pomeroy and gifted by Henry Musgrave. It is inscribed: “To Brigadier General John Nicholson who led the assault at Delhi on 23rd September 1857 and fell in the hour of victory mortally wounded at the age of 35.”
Nearly a century later the statue was removed, this necessitated by major redevelopment woks in Market Square. However on 21 April 2015 it was re-erected in Market Square on a few steps from its original site.
Added to the plinth were tablets commemorating two VC winners from the district: engineer William James Lendrim, decorated for his actions on 14 February 1855 at the siege of Sevastopol; and Samuel Hill for valour on 16 November 1857 during the Indian Mutiny.
|Born:||11 December 1821|
|Died:||23 September 1857|
Additional research: Richard Froggatt (2/2016)
The life of John : soldier and administrator" (3rd ed, J Murray, 1898); lisburnmuseum.com; Richard Doherty & David Truesdale: "Irish Winners of the Victoria Cross" (Dublin, 2000)
© 2021 Ulster History Circle