John Eardley Inglis

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Major-General Sir John Eardley Wilmot Inglis (15 November 1814 – 27 September 1862), born in Nova Scotia, Canada, was an officer of the British Army officer, best known for his role in protecting the British compound for 87 days in the siege of Lucknow.

Military career[edit]

In 1833 he joined the 32nd (Cornwall) Regiment of Foot, in which all his regimental service was passed. In 1837 he saw active service in Canada in the Lower Canada Rebellion, including the actions at St. Denis and St. Eustache.

During the Second Anglo-Sikh War, in 1848 to 1849 in the Punjab, He was in command at the Siege of Multan and at the Battle of Gujrat.

In 1857, on the outbreak of the Indian Mutiny, he was in command of his regiment at Lucknow. Sir Henry Lawrence being mortally wounded during the siege of the residency, Inglis took command of the garrison, and maintained a successful defence for 87 days against an overwhelming force. He was promoted to major-general and made K.C.B.

After further active service in India, he was, in 1860, given command of the British troops in the Ionian Islands. He died at Homburg on 27 September 1862, aged 47 and was buried in the crypt of Saint Paul's Cathedral, London.

Family[edit]

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He was born in Nova Scotia, the son of John Inglis, the third bishop of that colony and grandson of Charles Inglis (bishop). In 1833 he joined the 32nd Foot, in which all his regimental service was passed. In 1837 he saw active service in Canada.

He was married to Julia Selina Thesiger (1833–1904), daughter of Alfred Thesiger[1] who wrote of her experiences during the siege of Lucknow including extracts from her diary.[2]

Their children included Rupert Edward Inglis who was an England rugby international, who was killed at the Battle of the Somme in 1916. His letters home to his wife from the front were published by his widow after the war.[3]

Legacy[edit]

Inglis is the namesake of Inglis Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, which connects with Lucknow Street

Gallery[edit]

Sir John Inglis 
Sir John Inglis, Julia, Lady Inglis and two of their three children. Source: Illustrated London News, 28 November 1857 
Inglis's Quarters, Residency - February 2014 
Sir John Inglis, crypt, St Paul's Cathedral, London 

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hon. Julia Selina Thesiger". thepeerage.com. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Inglis, Julia Selina (1892). "The Siege of Lucknow: a Diary". A Celebration of Woman Writers. James R. Osgood, McIlvaine & Co.,. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Diary of Rupert Inglis". www.inglis.uk.com. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 

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