East India Company

#1
Whilst researching our family history, my sister has found a number of military relatives who were previously unknown. Apart from one KIA at Picton Hill, SA in the Boer War, most of the others were involved in WW1. I am trying to find out more about them all, but am stuck with this one:

John William SYKES
1820 – 1842
Officer
49th Bengal NI
East India Co.

If anyone can tell me what the 'NI' is for, and how to research the East India Company's military side, I'd be grateful.
 
#4
ViroBono said:
Whilst researching our family history, my sister has found a number of military relatives who were previously unknown. Apart from one KIA at Picton Hill, SA in the Boer War, most of the others were involved in WW1. I am trying to find out more about them all, but am stuck with this one:

John William SYKES
1820 – 1842
Officer
49th Bengal NI
East India Co.

If anyone can tell me what the 'NI' is for, and how to research the East India Company's military side, I'd be grateful.
Richard Holmes book "Sahib" is a good source, and there's a bibliography that might help for further research.
 
#5
Viro, you may already have this, however:

http://www.search.fibis.org/html/printdetail.php?mode=p&type=mf&id=9626




Marriage Date 14 - Sep
Marriage Year 1842
Husband First Names John W.
Husband Surname Sykes
Wife First Names Alicia Wilhelmina
Wife Surname Oehme
Entry At Calcutta, Lieut. John W. Sykes, 49th Bengal N.I., to Alicia Wilhelmina, daughter of W.D. Oehme, Esq.
Transcribed by FIBIS Volunteers


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Source Information


IOR Reference None
Source Name East India Register
Source Year 1843
Source Edition 1
Source Presidency Bengal
Source Event Marriage


from:

http://www.search.fibis.org/

Edited to add, there is also this entry, :

Baptism Year 1851
Place of Baptism Bengal
Baptised First Names John Alexander
Baptised Surname Sykes
Transcribed By Christopher Hewson


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Source Information


Volume 80
Folio 21
LDS Film Reference 0498514
Source Name Index to baptisms 1851-1859
Source Year 1851
Source Presidency Bengal
Source Event Baptisms


Possibly a son, given the two first names and DOB??
 
#6
Their is a Private, British War Graves organisation that has made it its duty to list all know places of burial of the fallen. I have seen their edition for Burma, last Monday by chance.
If you require more information I will hunt down their address for you.
john
 
#7
Viro Bono a reply from my friend Major Roy Hudson Late RE

John

Sorry, I gave you a wrong address for contacting BACSA. Please log on
to www.bacsa.org.uk for the correct address. The Hon. Secretary is now
Dr Rosie Llewellyn-Jones. She is also the Editor of the bi-annual
bulletin called Chowkidar = Watchman in Hindi.

However, please read the info on the website first. It seems that one
may be able to do some searching online. Also, it seems as if BACSA is
unable to carry out research itself, but it can provide a list of
researchers - who no doubt will charge a fee.
Roy

An Old Hand , first came to Thailand in 45 to lock up the jap.
john
 

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