John Eardley Inglis
Major General Sir John Eardley Wilmot Inglis KCB (15 November 1814 – 27 September 1862) was a British Army officer, best known for his role in protecting the British compound for 87 days in the siege of Lucknow.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Inglis is the namesake of Inglis Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, which connects with Lucknow Street
- After his defence of Lucknow the Legislature of Nova Scotia presented him with a sword of honour. The blade of which, was made of steel from Nova Scotia iron.
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- Inglis, Julia Selina (1892). "The Siege of Lucknow: a Diary". A Celebration of Woman Writers. James R. Osgood, McIlvaine & Co.,. Retrieved 16 April 2011.
- "Diary of Rupert Inglis". www.inglis.uk.com. Retrieved 16 April 2011.
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- India and its mutiny: a lecture delivered before the Halifax Young Men's Christian Association, on Tuesday evening, March 16, 1858