East India Company

Discussion in 'Military History and Militaria' started by ViroBono, Oct 8, 2006.

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  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
    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.
  2. It's Native Infantry Viro.
  3. Many thanks Awol.
  4. Richard Holmes book "Sahib" is a good source, and there's a bibliography that might help for further research.
  5. Gremlin

    Gremlin LE Good Egg (charities)

    Viro, you may already have this, however:


    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

    Source Information

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



    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

    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.
  7. Viro Bono a reply from my friend Major Roy Hudson Late RE


    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.

    An Old Hand , first came to Thailand in 45 to lock up the jap.
  8. Cheers John