Old Radleians serving in India during the Sepoy Rebellion, 1857

‘All the names of all the people who are in danger out in India are put up by the Warden on the chapel.’

Listed in order of entry into Radley College

Sewell, William Robert Dalrymple.  Son of General Sir William Henry Sewell, KCB.  Entered Radley 1848.  Left Radley 1850.  At Addiscombe School, 1850-52.  Joined the Madras Artillery 1852.  In action at the capture of Delhi, mentioned in despatches.  He was listed as a survivor of the Siege of Lucknow in The Times, 30th November, 1857. Invalided 1858, and died on the voyage home, off St Helena, 6th January 1859.
His father’s visit to Singleton to view the school is recorded in Singleton’s diary

Balfour, Melville. Born 1838.  Son of Charles Balfour, Lower Berkeley St, London.  Entered Radley 1848.  Left Radley 1852, and afterwards attended Bradfield College.  Joined the Indian Army, 1855.  Killed in the Massacre at Cawnpore, June 1857.  Brass memorial in Radley College Chapel

Trench, Frederick Chenevix (afterwards Chenevix-Trench).  Born 1837.  Son of Rev. Richard Chenevix Trench, Professor of Divinity, King’s College, London, afterwards Archbishop of Dublin.  Entered Radley 1848.  Left Radley 1852, and afterwards attended Cheltenham College.  Joined the 7th Bengal Cavalry 1857; 20th Hussars 1858.  Lt.-Col. Commanding 1880-3; Major-General 1887.  Served at the sige and capture of Delhi and Lucknow.  Professor at the military Staff College 1879-80; Military-attache at St Petersburg, 1883-86.  CMG 1887.  Married 1873, Mary, daughter of C.B. Mulville.  Died at Braemar, 18th August 1894.

Irons, Herbert William.  Born c.1840.  Son of Rev. William Josiah Irons, Vicar of Brompton and Prebendary of St Paul’s Cathedral, London. Entered Radley 1849.  He was awarded one of the first Decimal places – a scheme devised by Singleton and Sewell for every tenth boy to enter the school to be educated for free as a gift to God.  He rowed for the VIII in 1856.  He left Radley in 1856 and joined the East India Company Service in 1857.  He served in four engagements during the rebellion.  He died of fever in India on 26th May 1858

Wilberforce, Reginald Garton.  Born 1838.  Son of Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Oxford, and grandson of William Wilberforce, anti-slavery campaigner.  He (and his younger brother, Arthur) originally entered Radley in 1849.  Arthur left in 1850 and attended Ushaw College, Durham.  Arthur eventually converted to Roman Catholicism and became a distinguished Dominican friar.  Reginald left Radley in 1851 and attended Rugby School from 1851 to 1854.  He then returned to Radley from April to December 1855.  He joined the 52nd Regiment and served from 1856-1863.  He fought at the siege of Delhi in 1857.  He left the army and trained as a lawyer, becoming a Barrister of the Inner Temple in 1870.  He was Justice of the Peace for Sussex in 1871.  In 1867 he married Anna, daughter of Richard Denman.  He died at Henfield, Sussex on 19th January 1914.

Mason, Edward Montgomery.  Born c.1838. Son of Captain Henry Brown Mason, Royal Navy.  He entered Radley in 1849 and left in 1854.  He joined the 5th Foot in 1856, promoted to Captain in 1859.  He fought in the defence of Lucknow, 1857.  He died at Lambeth on 3rd August, 1888, leaving no will.

Thynne, William Frederick. Born 1834. Son of Rev. the Lord John Thynne, Canon and Sub-Dean of Westminster.  His brother, Arthur, was one of the first eight prefects and his father one of the earliest supporters of the school, frequently mentioned in Singleton’s Diary.  William (and Arthur) entered Radley in 1849 and left in 1851.  William joined the Rifle Brigade in 1852.  He was promoted to Captain in 1855.  He served in the Crimea in 1854-5, including the Battle of Alma and the siege of Sebastopol. He died at Lucknow of wounds received in action during the rebellion on 11th March 1858

Perceval, Ernest Augustus.  Born 1834.  Son of Captain Ernest Augustus Perceval, late of the 15th Hussars.  He entered Radley in 1849 and left in 1853.  He joined the 88th Regiment in 1854.  He was promoted to Captain in 1860.  He served in the Crimea, including the storming of the Redan. He served in India during the rebellion. He retired from active service in 1865.  He died on 14th March 1924

Lowndes, Thomas.  Born 1835.  Son of William Loftus Lownes, QC, of London.  He entered Radley in 1850 and left in 1851.  He joined the Madras Army in 1854, and was serving in southern India (now Chennai) when the rebellion erupted in the North-west Provinces.  He retired from the army with the rank of Major-General in 1887.  He was appointed Inspector-General of Police in Rangoon, Burma, in 1875-86 and served in the Burmese War 1885.  He married Bertha Crawley in 1866.  He was a keen cricketer and member of the MCC.  He died in London on 15th February 1927

Brown, William Sampson, (afterwards Trotter). Born 1839.  Son of William Brown of Horton Manor, Epsom.  He entered Radley in 1850 and left in 1852.  He attended Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, in 1854, being awarded the Sword of Honour in 1856 (the first Radleian to achieve this honour).  He served in the Royal Artillery from 1857-67.  He was present at the relief, siege and capture of Lucknow, was wounded three times and mentioned in despatches.  He retired from the army when he succeeded to his family’s estates in 1885.  In 1886 he married Constance Feeney.  He died at Batheaston, Somerset on 21st July 1907

Kerr, The Lord Walter Talbot.  Born 1839.  Son of the Marquess of Lothian.  He entered Radley in 1851 and left in 1853 to join the Royal Navy.  He had a distinguished naval career, including ADC to Queen Victoria, eventually becoming 1st Sea Lord of the Admiralty in 1899, promoted to Admiral of the Fleet in 1904. In 1857 he was stationed with the Shannon Naval Brigade throughout the rebellion, seeing action at the siege and capture of Lucknow.  He was related to the Talbot brothers

Jennings, William John. Born 1838.  Son of Rev. Midgley Jennings, Chaplain at Delhi.  He entered Radley in 1854 and left in 1857 to attend Exeter College, Oxford.  He was gazetted to a cavalry commission in the East India Company Service in 1857, and was in transit to India when his father and sister were massacred at Delhi during the rebellion.  He joined the  2nd European Bengal Light Cavalry (afterwards the 20th Hussars) in 1858, serving with Frederick Trench.  He transferred to Mayne’s Horse, and joined the Central India Horse in 1860.  He was killed in action on 7th June 1860.

Boys who were attending the school in 1857, whose parents were stationed in India during the Sepoy Rebellion

Stanley Bullock, whose father was Commissioner for Hyderabad District.  Stanley Bullock died of fever at Bombay on 11th December 1857
Robert Jennings, whose father was the Chaplain in Delhi
Henry Siddons, son of a captain in the Bengal Native Infantry
John Pinhey, whose father was the Surgeon-General to the Bombay Army
Charles and Gerald Talbot, sons of the secretary to the Governor-General, Lord Canning
Edward Molloy, son of a businessman in Calcutta (now Kolkata).  The Molloys were acquainted with the Talbots.  Charles mentions a meeting with Mrs Molloy at Radley in a letter dated May 19th 1857:

There was a lady staying here at the beginning of term whose name was Mrs Molloy (whose son is a chum or friend of mine)  and I was introduced to her by him because her husband Mr Molloy meets you, Papa, and she says she will most likely see you out there…

Commemorative plaque to Melville Balfour. This was placed in the original chapel of Radley College and moved to its present location in the current Chapel in 1895. It is the earliest War Memorial at Radley College. It reads ‘In piam memoriam Melville Balfour militis olim alumni apud Cawnpore trucidati MDCCCVVII. Jesu Miserere’. (In pious memory of Melville Balfour, a former pupil, who [while serving as] a soldier was massacred at Cawnpore 1857. Jesus have mercy.)

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