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The British Empire was expanding through the sub-continent during Victorian era transforming it into the most populous empire that had ever existed




Bahadur Shah is Born

Oct 24, 1775

Bahadur Shah Zafar is born Mirza Abu Zafar Siraj-ud-din Muhammad

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Bakht Khan is Born

1797

Bakht Khan is born

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Wheeler Arrives in India

Apr 1805

Hugh Wheeler arrives in India. He is assigned to the 24th Native Infantry and is promoted to Lieutenant

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Wilson Reaches India

1819

Archdale Wilson reaches India

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James Outram joins the Indian Army

1819

James Outram joins the Indian Army as a Cadet

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Wheeler is Promoted to Captain

1819

Lieutenant Hugh Wheeler is promoted to Captain

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Outram joins the 12Th Regiment

Jul 1820

James Outram is appointed as the acting adjutant to the first battalion of the 12th regiment

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Henry Lawrence is Commissioned

1822

Henry Lawrence passes out of the East India Company Military Seminary and is commissioned a second lieutenant in the Bengal Artillery

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Sherard Osborn is Born

Apr 25, 1822

Sherard Osborn is born in Madras in India

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Wheeler Transfers to the 48Th Native Infantry

1824

Captain Wheeler transfers to the 48th Native Infantry

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Nana Sahib is Born

May 19, 1824

Nana Sahib is born

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James Outram Goes to Khandesh

1825

James Outram is sent to Khandesh to train a native Light Infantry corps

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Nana Sahib is Adopted

1827

Nana Sahib is adopted by Baji Rao II

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Mangal Pandey is Born

Jul 19, 1827

Mangal Pandey is born

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Wheeler is Promoted to Major

1829

Captain Wheeler is promoted to Major

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Hugh Gough is Promoted to Major-General

Jul 22, 1830

Hugh Gough is promoted to Major-General

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Henry Lawrence joins the Indian Civil Service

1832

Henry Lawrence passes his examinations in Hindustani and Persian in order to join the Indian civil service

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Lal Singh Enters the Sikh Government

1832

Lal Singh enters the Sikh government as a writer in the Treasury

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Lawrence is Appointed to the Revenue Survey

1833

Henry Lawrence is appointed to the Revenue Survey of India. He is given the task of surveying the boundaries of villages and fields. As part of this he has to the quality of soil, as well as investigate and record the rights of claimants.

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James Outram Becomes a Political Agent

1835

James Outram is sent to make a report on the Mahi Kantha district, and then remains there as political agent

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Henry Lawrence's Father Dies

1835

Henry Lawrence's father dies, leaving his mother without an income. He and his brothers start sending a portion of their caller back to her.

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Wheeler is Promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel

1835

Major Wheeler is promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel

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Hugh Gough Commands the Mysore Division

1837

Hugh Gough becomes General Officer Commanding the Mysore Division of the Madras Army

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James Outram is Promoted to Major

1839

James Outram is promoted to Major and moves to Lower Sindh as the political agent there

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Nicholson joins the India Army

Jul 1839

John Nicholson arrives in India and joins the 41st Native Infantry at Benares

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Nicholson Transfers Regiment

Dec 1839

John Nicholson transfers to the 27th Native Infantry based at Ferozepore as an Ensign

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Archdale Wilson Marries

1842

Archdale Wilson marries

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James Outram is Brevetted Lieutenant-Colonel

1843

James Outram is brevetted Lieutenant-Colonel and appointed to command in the Mahratta country

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Sir Hugh Gough is Promoted to General

Mar 03, 1843

Sir Hugh Gough is promoted to full General

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Sir Hugh Gough Becomes C in C of India

Aug 1843

Sir Hugh Gough becomes Commander-in-Chief of India

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Gwalior Campaign

Dec 1843

The British controlled most of central and northern India through the Maratha Empire. Following the death of the Maharaja the Marathas in Gwalior tried to use this transition of power as a way of regaining their independence from the British.

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Battle of Maharajpore

Dec 29, 1843

The British advanced to attack where they thought that the Marathas were waiting. What they did not know was they they had moved position during the night and came under artillery fire from the new position. They immediately wheeled to attack the new position. Despite the heavy fire they managed to defeat the Marathas in hand to hand fighting.

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Battle of Punniar

Dec 29, 1843

The Marathas had occupied the high ground near Mangore. The British Army attacked as soon as they reached the area and drove the Marathas from the hill.

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Lal Singh Becomes Wazir

Sep 21, 1845

Lal Singh becomes Wazir of the Sikh Empire after the assassination of his predecessor

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Battle of Mudki

Dec 18, 1845

The British army had camped at Mudki. Their cooking fires where spotted by Sikh scouts who reported back to their Army, which reached them and opened fire in late evening. British artillery replied as the Sikh cavalry tried to get around the flank. British light dragoons charged the Sikh artillery and managed to put them out of action while the British cavalry advanced. Darkness had fallen by the time they managed to drive the Sikhs away.

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Battle of Ferozeshah, Day 1

Dec 21, 1845 3PM

Gough's army advanced from Ferozeshah and spotted the Sikh encampment, but waited until 3:30pm to attack. This began with an artillery bombardment to cover the British advance. The British fire was not very effective as Sikhs were well dug in and had much heavier guns. They managed to reach the Sikh battery as night fell, with fighting continued until midnight.

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Battle of Ferozeshah, Day 2

Dec 22, 1845 1AM

As dawn broke the British found that they held most of the Sikh camp, much to their surprise. They managed to push the Sikhs from the field, only for Sikh reenforcements to arrive. This looked likely to overwhelm them, until the Sikh commander mistook a withdrawal of the British artillery as an attempt at outflanking him and withdrew his forces.

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Sher Singh Attariwalla Becomes Raja

1846

Sher Singh Attariwalla is granted the title of Raja at the request of his father

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Battle of Sobraon

Feb 10, 1846

despite the lines being broken at several points the Sikh soldiers fight on without even a thought of surrender, even after their retreat route is destroyed

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The British Army Crosses Sutlej River

Feb 11, 1846

The British army crosses Sutlej River

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British Approach Lahore

Feb 13, 1846

The British army is within 30 miles of Lahore

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Treaty of Lahore

Mar 09, 1846

The Treaty of Lahore treated ended the First Anglo-Sikh War

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The Punjab is Annexed

Apr 02, 1848

The Punjab is annexed to British territory

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Battle of Ramnagar

Nov 22, 1848

British forces move across the Chenab crossing near Ramnagar. British cavalry drove the Sikhs back across the river, but as they do Sikh artillery opens fire from concealed positions on the cavalry that had become bogged down in soft sand. This soft sand stopped British artillery from getting into position and every British attack was repulsed.

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Mangal Pandey joins the Bengal Army

1849

Mangal Pandey joins the Bengal Army

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Havelock Transfers Regiment

1849

Henry Havelock transfers to the 53rd Regiment of Foot

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Battle of Chillianwala

Jan 13, 1849

The left hand brigade took their assigned position and was able to push around behind the Sikhs' centre. The right hand brigades, however, attempted to attack the Sikh artillery through thick jungle. The Sikhs met them with volleys of grapeshot. Some troops did reach the Sikh line, but where fought off and the Queen's Colour was lost. With darkness falling and some of his formations facing encirclement Gough ordered a withdrawal back to his starting positions. Sher Singh withdrew to the north, with the British withdrawing a few days later.

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Battle of Gujarat

Feb 21, 1849

Sher Singh had withdrawn his army to Gujrat and prepared a defensive position. The Sikh artillery opened fire as soon as the British advanced and revealed their positions. The British opened up with a counter barrage that lasted 3 hours until the Sikh gunners were forced to abandon their position. The British then advanced on the Sikh infantry, bringing their own artillery up behind them to maintain covering fire until the Sikhs broke.

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Sher Singh Attariwalla Surrenders

Mar 12, 1849

Sher Singh Attariwalla and his army surrenders to the British and is disbanded

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Baji Rao II Dies

1851

Baji Rao II dies. The British East India Company annexes his kingdom as he did not have an heir, despite him having adopted Nana Sahib.

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Frederick Roberts is Commissioned

Dec 12, 1851

Frederick Roberts is commissioned as a Second Lieutenant with the Bengal Artillery

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Nicholson Appointed Deputy Commissioner

Jan 1852

John Nicholson is appointed as the new Deputy Commissioner of the Bannu area

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Havelock is Appointed Quartermaster-General

1852

Henry Havelock is appointed Quartermaster-General

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Frederick Roberts Transfers Regiment

1854

Frederick Roberts transfers to the Bengal Horse Artillery

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Commander of the Madras Army

1854

George Anson is appointed to the command of the Madras Army

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Wheeler is Promoted to Major General

Jun 1854

Hugh Wheeler is promoted to Major General

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Havelock is Appointed Adjutant-General

Nov 1854

Henry Havelock is appointed Adjutant-General in India

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Nicholson is Promoted to Brigadier-General

1855

John Nicholson is promoted to Brigadier-General in the Bengal Army

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The New Enfield Cartridge Begins Production

1856

Fort William in Calcutta begins production of the cartridges for the new Enfield Pattern 1853 rifled musket. Rumours circulated amoungst the men of the Indian army that they were being greased with animal fat. They worried that this grease contained tallow, from cows, and lard, from pigs, which would make them unclean for Hindus and Muslims.

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Nicholson Appointed District Commissioner

1856

John Nicholson is appointed the District Commissioner of Peshawar

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Anson Becomes C in C of India

1856

George Anson becomes the Commander-in-Chief of the army in India

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Lord Canning Arrives in India

Feb 1856

Lord Canning arrives in India and takes up his post as Governor-General

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General Service Enlistment Act

Jul 25, 1856

All the men of the Indian army who sign up after this act was passed have to be willing to srver overseas. This is a new requirement as before this point they only needed to serve within marching distance of their home depot.

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Cartridges to Be Issued Un-Greased

Jan 27, 1857

Orders are sent out that all cartridges were to be issued from free from grease. This was so that they could be greased with whatever the men themselves would prefer. They also modified the drill so that the cartridge would be torn open rather than bitten.

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Unrest in the 19Th Bengal Native Infantry

Feb 26, 1857

There is unrest amoungst the 19th Bengal Native Infantry (BNI), who still believe that their cartridges had been greased with animal fat. This escalates to the point that there Colonel is forced to confront them with artillery before backing down and cancelling the parade.

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Mangal Pandey Mutinies

Mar 29, 1857

Mangal Pandey of the 34th Bengal Native Infantry rebels against his officers and shoots at Sergeant-Major James Hewson when he goes to investigate. He then shoots at Lieutenant Henry Baugh when he goes to investigate. The man on guard duty, Jemadar Ishwari Prasad, refuses to try and arrest him, as do many the other seypoys refuse to restrain him, but do not actively help him either. He tries to kill himself when he is taken into guard, but only wounds himself.

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Arson in India

Apr 1857

There are many acts of arson in Indian army bases due to unrest over the cartridge issue. This included barracks and British officers' bungalows being set on fire

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Mangal Pandey is Court Marshalled

Apr 06, 1857

Mangal Pandey is court marshalled and found guilty

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Mangal Pandey is Hanged

Apr 08, 1857

Mangal Pandey is hanged

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Ishwari Prasad is Hanged

Apr 21, 1857

Jemadar Ishwari Prasad is hanged for helping Mangal Pandey

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3Rd Bengal Light Cavalry Mutinies

Apr 24, 1857

The 3rd Bengal Light Cavalry is ordered to parade and perform firing drills. All but 5 of the men refuse to accept their cartridges.

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The Regiment is Disbanded

May 06, 1857

The entire regiment 34th Bengal Native Infantry is disbanded and their uniforms taken back.

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Court Martial of the Mutineers

May 09, 1857

The men of the 3rd Bengal Light Cavalry who refused to perform firing drills when ordered are court martialled. Most were sentenced to 10 years imprisonment with hard labour.

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Cavalry in Open Revolt

May 10, 1857

The 3rd Bengal Light Cavalry break into open revolt. Many British junior officers are killed while tying to put down the revolt, as are 50 Indian civilians who had tried to hide or protect the wives and children of the British officers.

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Nicholson Creates Movable Column

May 11, 1857

The news of events in Delhi reaches John Nicholson. He immediately starts planning a strong movable column to try and put down any outbreaks of rebellion in his area

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