Mutiny at Allahabad

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Mutiny at Allahabad
Part of Indian Mutiny
Date: 6 June 1857
Location: Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
Presidency: Bengal
Co-ordinates: 25.432248°N 81.870215°E
Result: Mutiny suppressed
Combatants
East India Company Rebel Sepoys
Commanders
Col Simpson, 6th BNI
Lieut Col James Neill
Strength
Regiment of Ferozepore (400 men) 6th Bengal Native Infantry
Casualties
50 killed

Summary

The 6th Bengal Native Infantry volunteered to fight the rebels in Delhi and this lulled the Europeans in Allahabad into a sense of security. On 5 June Colonel Simpson was ordered to thank the regiment publicly but news from Benares led many civilians to form a militia and sleep the night in the fort. On the evening of 6 June the Bengal regiment rose and massacred officers at mess in the cantonment, many of them young ensigns. The sepoys then rampaged through the town, killing Europeans, releasing prisoners from gaol and plundering the treasury. The remaining Europeans took refuge with the garrison in the fort where they held out for 12 days until the Relief of Allahabad by Lieut Col James Neill.

Casualties

Some recorded British casualties

  • Captain Birch, Fort Adjutant
  • Lieut Stewart, 6th BNI
  • Lieut Hawes, 6th BNI
  • Lieut C D Innes, Bengal Engneers
  • Ensigns Scott, Cheek, Dodd, Smith and Way, ^th BNI
  • Conductor Geoffrey Coleman, Bengal Commissariat

External Links

Indian Mutiny 1857-58 The British Empire
Mutiny at Allahabad archive.org
Uprising at Allahabad Google Books
Mutiny at Allahabad Google Books
Allahabad Gazetteer 1857
Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh Wikipedia

Historical Books on-line

The martyr of Allahabad; memorials of Ensign Arthur Marcus Hill Cheek, of the Sixth Native Bengal Infantry by Rev Robert Meek 1857 (archive.org)

Allahabad Location
Survey 1920-1946
Allahabad Map 1933