Posted by John Nichols on August 14, 2020 at 09:35:49 user Mcneacail.
In Reply to: Re: Lucknow posted by Adam Quinan on August 10, 2020 at 04:32:51:
In the 1840s and 1850s the army of the East India Company – the trading company which had controlled large parts of India since the mid-18th century – extended the frontiers of British rule in the Indian subcontinent and beyond into south-east Asia.
The shocking 1857 rebellion (‘Mutiny’) by the Company’s native soldiers led to the British government taking full control of the Indian Empire. Soldiers from the subcontinent were deployed in conflicts fought in China, Abyssinia (now Ethiopia) and, less successfully, Afghanistan.
A lot of the officers came from the county based gentry -- so they often fought in the many little Indian skirmishes, England had a long peace, but a lot of minor stuff that a small army handled - usually with some problems, the Crimea showed the real problem with the development of a modern army.
For instance it is not till about 1870 that the Army withdrew from Australia - I think from memory the last was the 78th Regiment
IN 1905 or thereabout the Royal Navy surveyed Newcastle in Australia
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