Richard John Meade

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Richard John Meade
Sir Richard Meade WDL11446.png
Born 25 September 1821
Died 20 March 1894
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Rank General
Battles/wars Indian Mutiny
Awards Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India
Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire

General Sir Richard John Meade, KCSI, CIE (25 September 1821 – 20 March 1894) was a British Army officer.

Military career[edit]

Meade was born at Innishannon County Cork to Captain John Meade of the Royal Navy and Elizabeth Quin.[1] He studied at the Royal Naval School at New Cross in London,[2] after which he received his commission as ensign and was posted to the 65th Regiment of the Bengal Native Infantry.[3] He was part of the Central India Field Force during the troubles of 1857-59 and led the column which captured Tantya Tope and hanged him.[4]

After this, he was mostly in political employment, working at Gwalior, Indore, Mysore, Baroda and Hyderabad.[5] After retirement, he functioned as Chairman of the Hyderabad State Railway Company. He died at Hyères in France, aged 73 where he was buried. His grave bears the inscription: "Born on 25th September 1821 he entered in eternal life on 20th March 1894 at Hyères in the South of France where his mortal remains have been laid".[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thornton, p. 1
  2. ^ Thornton, p. 7
  3. ^ Thornton, p. 9
  4. ^ Thornton, p. 79
  5. ^ Thornton, p. 281
  6. ^ Thornton, p. 367

Sources[edit]

Government offices
Preceded by
Lewin Bowring
Chief Commissioner of Coorg
1870–1876
Succeeded by
Charles Saunders