After attending Street Edmund"s College, Ware, in 1854 Everard Phillipps sailed for India to join the 11th Bengal Native Infantry. When the Indian Mutiny broke out in 1857, Phillipps" regiment was amongst the first to revolt. When the Queen"s proclamation against the insurgents came, he had to read it out as he could speak the native tongue.
Riding boldly forward while the bullets whistled round him, he began to read the proclamation, but before he got to the end of the first sentence his horse was shot from under him, and he fell to the ground, himself wounded by a stray bullet.
Undeterred, he sprang to his feet and read through the whole proclamation from beginning to end before taking cover. On the desertion of the Bengal Infantry, he then joined the 60th Rifles.
He performed many gallant deeds, and in the months before his death he was wounded three times. At the Siege of Delhi, he captured the Water Bastion with a small party and was killed in the streets on 17 September 1857.
His death was recorded in the London Gazette on 18 September.
His citation reads:
London Gazette, 21st October, 1859. At the assault of that city he captured the Water Bastion with a small party of men, and was finally killed in the streets of Delhi on the 18th of September."
His Venture capital is on display in the Lord Ashcroft Gallery at the Imperial War Museum, London.