Indian Mutiny interest. Maj Gen W W H Greathed, C.B. Commanding Engineer at Lucknow


A very good signed carte de visite, probably 1860s, by C. SILVIS, 38 Porchester Terrace, Bayswater, W. showing the officer in civilian frock coat, full length, signed in ink on the reverse W. W. Greathed. There is a small area of white lower left [probably old paper stuck to the surface] but not affecting the sitter.      aug8/1

William Wilberforce Harris Greathed [1826-1878] joined the Bengal Sappers and Miners at Meerut in 1846. Hart’s Army List 1874 records his service: Colonel Greathed served in the Punjaub campaign of 1848-49, throughout the operations before Mooltan, including the first siege, storming of the intrenched positions on 9th and 12th September, action of Soorjkund, assault of the city (accompanying the storming party), and surrender of the fortress, , also surrender of the Fort and and Garrison of Cheniote, and battle of Goojerat (mentioned in despatches, Medal with two Clasps). Appointed Aide de Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of the N. W. Provinces a the outbreak of the Indian Mutiny of 1857. Reported by Earl Canning to have “performed most perilous duty between Agra and Delhi with excellent judgment and courage under the orders of the Civil Government” (Civil CB). Extra Aide de Camp to Sir H Barnard and the successive commanders before Delhi. On the staff at the battle of Budiekeserai. Served throughout the siege of Delhi as Director of the left attack(horse shot under him in repelling the sortie of 9th July, and severely wounded at the storm of the city while conducting the Column of assault against the Water Bastion on 14th Sept. 1857. Field Engineer with Seaton’s Force at the actions of Gungeree, Puttialee, and Mynpoory. A Directing Engineer throughout the siege and capture of Lucknow (frequently mentioned in despatches, Brevet of major, Medal with two Clasps). Served in the China expedition of 1860as Extra Aide de Camp to Sir Robert Napier, was slightly wounded in first reconnaissance from Pehtang, and present of the actions of Sinho and Tangku, storming of the Taku Forts, and surrender of Pekin (mentioned in despatches, Brevet of Lt. Colonel, Medal with two Clasps).

Provenance: From a personal album kept by General Sir Peter Lumsden who particularly served with Greathed during the China War.

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