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From: "JillGrey" <>
Subject: [India-L] 40th M.N.I.,1850 & HERVEY
Date: Sun, 7 Jan 2001 10:40:54 -0000


Officers of the 40th M.N.I. from the East-India Register, 1850

Organised as follows -

1.Year appointed to Army
2.Officer's name
3.Year commissioned to current regimental rank
4.Ditto to Rank in the Army (where applicable)
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Fortieth Regiment Native Infantry

Stationed at Jaulnah ; arrived 1850

1813 Col Howard DOWKER ; 3 Mar 1848 ; Commandant Bellary

1806 Lieut.Col Charles St John GRANT ; 21 July 1842

1820 Maj.Horatio Nelson NOBLE ; 1 Oct 1846

Captains -

1820 George Henry HARPER ; 11 Feb 1835 ; Maj.,9 Nov 1846 ;
On furlough

1821 George Paulet CAMERON ; 8 Oct 1839 ; 27 Apr 1837 ;
C.B., local rank of Lieut.Col in Persia, and Deputy Assistant
Qr.-Master General, North Division

1823 John BATES ; 20 Dec 1839 ; 14 May 1839 ; On furlough

1828 Patrick OGILVIE ; 24 Jan 1845 ; 11 May 1844

1832 Albert Henry Andrew HERVEY ; 26 Mar 1846

1833 Charles Alexander BLAGRAVE ; 1 Oct 1846

Lieutenants -

1837 Thomas Lee JACKSON ; 20 Dec 1839 ; On furlough

1838 James Douglas DALE ; 5 May 1840

1840 Charles Philip TAYLOR ; 16 July 1842

1842 Whitshed Keene HAWKINS ; 24 Jan 1845 ; On furlough

1842 John Beddingfield KNOCKER ; 18 Feb 1846

1842 William Cornelius John Frazer BIRD ; 26 Mar 1846

1843 Arthur Parry WOODBRIDGE ; 1 Oct 1846

1844 Thomas Gordon Morton LANE ; 24 Jan 1848

1844 Christopher Sullivan FAGAN ; 26 Feb 1849

1846 Francis Hector George MACLEOD ; 19 Oct 1849

Ensigns -

1846 Thomas Edward Leslie HIGGINSON ; 21 Dec 1844 ;
13 June 1846

1847 William Parfett MEARS ; 8 Nov 1847 ; 26 July 1847 ;
On furlough

1848 William Henry Greenwell PALMER ; 8 Nov 1848 ; 9 June 1848

1848 William Hamilton Shirreff HART ; 25 Aug 1849 ; 20 Dec 1848

1849 Charles Bean Lucie SMITH ; 25 Oct 1849 ; 20 Jan 1849

Adjutant - T.G.M.LANE [above] ; 16 Nov 1847

Qr.-Master & Interpreter - C.S.FAGAN [above] ; 15 May 1849

Assist.Surgeon - Christopher Beadnell CRASKE ; 22 May 1849
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No further information is provided on individual officers. However, for
those who haven't yet had the pleasure of meeting Capt.Albert HERVEY,
here's a passage from Charles Allen's introduction to the 1988 edition
of Hervey's memoir, 'A Soldier of the Company' which originally appeared
as 'Ten Years in India' ........

Albert Henry Andrew Hervey ....... received his cadetship
from his guardian as an eighteen-year-old on Christmas Day
in 1832 and was gazetted an ensign in the Madras Native
Infantry (MNI) within a few days of landing at Fort St George,
Madras, in June of the following year. His first year and a half
in India was spent as an unattached 'doing-duty wallah' with
the 5th Regiment MNI, newly-returned from the Malay Archipelago.
On 27 October 1834 Hervey was posted to his regiment, the 40th
MNI, on whose roll he would remain for the next 40 years.

To Albert Hervey's enormous regret his years with the 40th
were quite remarkably uneventful. Neither he nor his gallant
sepoys were given the opportunity to put their fighting mettle
to the test. The unlucky 40th slips through the annals of military
history with scarcely a mention or a footnote. Its one memorial
is Hervey's memoir, 'Ten Years in India or the Life of a Young
Officer', published in 1850.

*
Given that nothing in particular ever happened for this regiment, the
memoir provides a surprisingly colourful picture of life in the Indian
Infantry (and is also beautifully illustrated). It's often been
mentioned by list members, so to find out more, search the archive, or
better still, read the book !

Jill












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