Henry Macdonald, 19th Bengal NI. An East India Company commission of 1852


The commission, printed with manuscript insertions is signed W M Gomm by Sir William Maynard Gomm with his official wax seal as Commander in Chief beside it [some cracking and minor edge loss to the wax]. It appoints Henry Macdonald, Gentleman, Lieutenant in the Service of the East India Company to be Lieutenant in the Queen’s Army in the East Indies only from 24th April 1852. Henry Macdonald of Sandside in Caithness, served in the Mutiny (awarded the medal with two clasps). He was a surviving officer of the former 19th Bengal Native Infantry which mutinied at Berhampore. In 1859 he was serving as Adjutant at Dehra Doon. He was hacked to death in 1873 by Mohmand Afridis while serving as commandant of Fort Michnee and was buried at Peshawar.  sep8/3

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