Newell, Robert b. 1835 d. July 10, 1858 Indian Mutiny Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Seaham, England, he served as Private in the 9th Lancers, British Army. During an attack at Lucknow, India, on March 19, 1858, Private Newell went to the aid of a whose horse had fallen. Under heavy fire from a large number of the enemy, he rescued his comrade and took him to safety. He was killed four months later in actions near Haryana, India. For most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy, he was posthumously awarded...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Umballa Cemetery, Ambala, Haryana, India
Nicholson, John b. December 11, 1822 d. September 23, 1857 British Army General. One of the key figures in the Sepoy "Mutiny" of 1857, he was an officer in the Bengal Army under the British East India Company. Born in Ulster, served in the First Afghan War and the First and Second Sikh Wars. In the retaking of Delhi, India, Nicholson led 2,000 men (mostly British, Pathan, and Punjabi troops) through the Kashmiri Gate in Delhi. Mortally wounded he died at the hour of British victory. (Bio by: Rob Leverett) Nicholson Cemetery, New Delhi, Delhi Capital Territory, India Plot: Nicholson Cemetery Old Delhi
Nicolson, Adela Florence 'Laurence Hope' b. April 9, 1865 d. October 4, 1904 Poet. She wrote under the pseudonym Laurence Hope and was best known for her erotic poetry. A Daughter of Colonel Arthur Cory, she was educated at a private school in England, and then went to live with her parents in India. Following her marriage to Colonel Malcolm Nicolson of the Bengal Army, she wrote her first volume of poetry, "The Garden of Kama and other Love Lyrics from India, arranged in Verse by Laurence Hope," which was published in 1901. The book, presumed to be written by a man...[Read More] (Bio by: Bernadette) St. Marys Church, Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu, India
Padiyara, Cardinal. Antony b. February 11, 1921 d. March 23, 2000 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Manimala born Antony Padiyara entered St. Peter's Regional Seminary in Bangalore and joining the Latin rite through the diocese of Coimbatore, was ordained priest on December 19, 1945. Performing pastoral work in the named diocese, he served as rector of the Minor Diocesan Seminary and successively, faculty member of the mentioned St. Peter's Regional Seminary. At the early age of thirty four, he was elected bishop of the diocese of Ootacamund by Pope Pius XII on July 3...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Saint Mary's Cathedral Basilica, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Parecattil, Cardinal. Joseph b. April 1, 1912 d. February 20, 1987 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Kindagoor born Joseph Parecattil entered the Minor Seminary of Ernakulam and later the Major Seminary of Kandy, obtaining a doctorate in theology, attending successively the University of Madras where he specialized in economics. Ordained priest on August 24, 1939, he performed pastoral work in the archdiocese of Ernakulam, serving as assistant pastor at Narakal and North Paravur and as pastor at Chunangamvely. Editor of the weekly "Sathyadeepam" (Light of Truth), at...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Saint Mary's Cathedral Basilica, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Park, John b. February, 1835 d. May 16, 1863 Crimean War Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Derry, County Londonderry, Ireland, he served as a Sergeant in the Middlesex Regiment, British Army. At the Battles of Alma and Inkerman, Crimea, Sergeant Park was called forth by his commander at both attacks on the Redan on April 19, 1855. Sergeant Park showed great resolution in the taking of the Russian rifle pits and was severely wounded. For conspicuous bravery, he was awarded the Victoria Cross. (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Cantonment Cemetery, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India Plot: [unmarked]
Pearson, James b. October 2, 1822 d. January 23, 1900 Indian Mutiny Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Rathdowney, Ireland, he served as a Private, in the 86th Regiment of Foot, British Army. On April 3, 1858, Private Pearson was a member of the storming on the attack on Jhansi, India. He attacked a number of armed rebels, one of whom he killed and bayoneted two others. He also brought in a wounded comrade under a heavy fire with himself being wounded in the attack. For gallantry in the face of the enemy, he was awarded the Victoria Cross on May 1...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Saint Thomas Cemetery*, Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu, India *This location is unconfirmed or in dispute.
Peel, Capt. William b. November 2, 1824 d. April 27, 1858 Crimean War Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Stanhope Gate in the London Mayfair district, England, he served as a Captain in the Royal Navy. On October 18, 1854, Captain Peel was in command of the HMS Diamond at the Siege of Sebastopol, Russia. During the attack he and his men had been tasked with the movement of ammunition for the Allied gun shore batteries. When a Russian 42-pounder shell landed in amongst some powder kegs, Captain Peel picked up the live shell and threw it over the parapet...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Old British Cemetery, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India Plot: [unmarked]
Phillipps, Everard Aloysius Lisle b. May 28, 1835 d. September 18, 1857 Indian Mutiny Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Coleorton, Leicestershire, England, he served as a Ensign in the 1st Battalion 60th Rifles, 11th Regiment, Bengal Native Infantry. During the siege of Delhi, India, on September 18, 1857, Ensign Phillipps was wounded three times while leading his men. Later at the assault of that city he captured the Water Bastion with a small party of men and was killed in the streets. For gallantry in the face of the enemy, he was posthumously awarded the...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Old Delhi Military Cemetery, Old Delhi, Delhi Capital Territory, India Plot: [unmarked]
Picachy, Cardinal. Lawrence Trevor b. August 7, 1916 d. November 30, 1992 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Darjeeling, Lawrence Trevor Picachy joined the Society of Jesus in 1934 and was ordained priest in November 1947, after pursuing his studies in Dajeerling, Hazaribagali, Shembaganur, Calcutta and Kurslong. Rector of Saint Francis Xavier's College of Calcutta between 1950 and 1960, he was appointed as the first bishop of the newly erected diocese of Jamshedpur in 1962, receiving his episcopal consecration in Golmuri on September 9 that year. Promoted to the...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Jesuit Dhyan Ashram, Calcutta, West Bengal, India Plot: Dhyan Ashram Cemetery.
Pimenta, Cardinal. Simon Ignatius b. March 1, 1920 d. July 19, 2013 Roman Catholic Cardinal. From 1978 until 1996, he served as Archbishop of Bombay. Born in Marol, outside of Bombay, he completed the necessary requirements for the priesthood and was ordained in 1949. He studied at the Pontifical College of St. Peter the Apostle and later became assistant parish priest in Bombay, while teaching Liturgy. In 1971, he was named titular Bishop of Bocconia and Auxiliary of Bombay. After he was placed in the capacity of coadjutor archbishop of Bombay in 1977 by Pope...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) St. John the Evangelist Church, Marol, Andheri, Mumbai (Bombay), Maharashtra, India Plot: Interred in church cemetery
Purcell, Pvt. John b. 1814 d. September 19, 1857 Indian Mutiny Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Kilcommon, Ireland, he served as a Private in the 9th Lancers, British Army. On June 19, 1857, in actions at Delhi, India, Private Purcell with the help of another Private, saved an officer when his battery was blown up. When Private Purcellís horse was killed under him and his comrade was severely wounded, he remained by the officer and the wounded man. Private Purcell was killed a few weeks later, during another assault at Delhi, India. For most...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Old Delhi Military Cemetery, Old Delhi, Delhi Capital Territory, India Plot: [unmarked]
Randle, Capt. John Neil b. December 22, 1917 d. May 6, 1944 World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Varanasi, India, he served as a Captain in the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Norfolk Regiment, British Army. On May 6, 1944, Captain Randle led an attack on a heavily defended bunker at Kohima Assam, India. The whole company was pushed back, but Captain Randle stormed forward on his own toward the enemy position. In this solo action he was mortally wounded, but with his last strength he threw a hand grenade and eliminated the crew in the bunker. For...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Kohima War Cemetery, Kohima, Nagaland, India Plot: 2. C. 8.
Raynor, Lieut. William b. July, 1795 d. December 13, 1860 Indian Mutiny Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Plumtree, Nottinghamshire, he served as a Lieutenant in the Bengal Establishment, British Army. On May 11, 1857 at Delhi, India, Lieutenant Raynor was one of nine men who defended the ammunition storehouse for more than five hours against large numbers of mutineers. When the wall was being scaled hope of outside help was gone, they blew up the ammunition, killing many of the mutineers. Of the defenders, five died in the explosion while Lieutenant...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Ferozepore Civil Cemetery, Ferozepore, Punjab, India
Rolland, Capt. George Murray b. May 12, 1869 d. July 9, 1910 Third Somaliland Expedition Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Wellington, India, he served as a Captain in the 1st Bombay Grenadiers, Indian Army. On April 22, 1903, at Daratoleh, Africa, Captain Rolland was with four other men in the rearguard behind the rest of the column. When a fellow officer fell badly wounded, Captain Rolland ran back some 500 yards to get help while the others stayed with the casualty. Endeavoring to keep off the enemy who were all round him, he succeeded in getting to...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Takli Cemetery, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
Ryan, John b. 1823 d. March 4, 1858 Indian Mutiny Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Kilkenny, Ireland, he served as a Private in the 1st Madras Fusiliers, Indian Army. At Lucknow, India, September 26, 1857, when a group of his comrades was besieged in a house in the city, Private Ryan with another Private went forward to assist. They fought off attackers and took a wounded Captain out of a dhooly and carried him into the house for protection. In addition to this Private Ryan devoted himself during the day to rescuing the wounded...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Old British Cemetery, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Sachdev, Taruni b. May 14, 1998 d. May 14, 2012 Actress. A well-liked Indian child performer, she shall be remembered as "the RaSna girl" for her television commercials publicizing a popular soft drink of that name. The child of well-off parents she lived in Bombay and made her silver screen debut in the 2003 "Koi Mil Gaya". Taruni appeared in the Malayalam language features "Vellinakshatram" and "Sathyam" (both 2004) but was to become familiar to television audiences via her advertisments for around 50 different products and companies...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Santa Cruz Cemetery, Mumbai (Bombay), Maharashtra, India Plot: Cremation location
Salkeld, Lieut. Philip b. October 13, 1830 d. October 10, 1857 Indian Mutiny Victoria Cross Recipient. Son of a rector, he was born in the village of Fontmell Magna, Dorset and joined the Bengal Engineers, Indian Army, in June 1850. After some language studies he was employed on road and canal projects. In 1856 he joined the Department of Public Works as an executive engineer. He was serving as a lieutenant with the Bengal Engineers when he performed the deeds for which he was awarded the VC. From the citation: "Lieutenants [Read More] (Bio by: Milou) Old Delhi Military Cemetery, Old Delhi, Delhi Capital Territory, India Plot: Grave is not marked.
Sceberras-Testaferrata, Rinaldo d. December 21, 1845 Brother of the fifteenth Baron di Castel Cicciano of Malta. Captain Rinaldo Sceberras, 80th Regiment of Foot, Staffordshire Volunteers came to Australia with the early regiment of the British Army. He served in the Golburn-Maitland districts of N.S.W. Captain Sceberras fell in his 37th year in battle at Ferozesbah during the Sikh's entrenchments 21st December 1845. Cause of death: Casualty of war Ferozeshah Cemetery, Ferozeshah, Punjab, India