Battle of Kota-ki-Serai

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Battle of Kota-ki-Serai
Part of Indian Mutiny
Date: 17 June 1858
Location: Serai Fort, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
Presidency: Bengal
Co-ordinates: 26.154998°N 78.186004°E
Result: British victory
East India Company Rebel sepoys
Brigadier Smith
Brigadier Orr
Tatya Tope
Rao Sahib
Rani of Jhansi


After the fall of Kalpi the rebel force under Tatya Tope, Rao Sahib and Rani Lakshmibai seized Gwalior forcing the Maharajah to flee. Sir Hugh Rose advanced from Jhansi and Brigadier Smith from Antari. Smith with the Rajputana Field Force encountered the rebels at Kota-ki-Serai about four miles southeast of Gwalior. In the ensuing action in intense heat the 8th Hussars made a determined charge through the enemy camp capturing three guns. Rani Lakshmibai was killed and the rebels forced to retreat.

Kota-ki-Serai location
Survey map 1920-1946

Spelling Variants

Modern name: Sarai Fort

External Links

Clement Heneage's VC Wikipedia
George Hollis' VC Wikipedia
John Pearson's VC Wikipedia
Joseph Ward's VC Wikipedia

Historical books on-line

  • Medals of the British Army by Thomas Carter 1861 Battle of Kota-ki-Serai Google Books
  • Recollections of the Campaign in Malwa and Central India: under Major General Sir Hugh Rose GCB by John Henry Sylvester 1860 Battle of Kotah-ke-Serai Google Books
  • The Revolt in Central India, 1857-59 Army Intelligence Branch 1908 Action at Kota-ki-Serai