The Survivors

Despite the terrible death toll, Cawnpore was not without some survivors. The list is small but at least it exists.


Shepherd puts them in 2 categories, those who were in the entrenchment and escaped and those who never went to the entrenchment and managed to escape.

Survivors of the Entrenchment

Mowbray Thompson
Lieutenant Mowbray Thompson
Lieut. H. Delafosse
Private Murphy
Gunner Sullivan
Mr. W.J. Shepherd


William Jonah Shepherd
Amy Horne and her siblings.
The picture was probably taken in Cawnpore in 1857.
Her siblings were killed at Satichaura Ghat.
Miss Ameila Horne – she was taken away by a sowar from the Satichaura Ghat and after 10 months in captivity, managed her escape. She married William Bennett with whom she would have 4 children. William Bennett was twice her age when they married, and he died in 1877, leaving Amelia a widow until her own death in Simla in 1921.
1858: Bennett, W. to Amelia A., d. of the late Capt. F.W. Horne, at Calcutta, Sept. 20.   (Allens Indian Mail(India & Overseas Marriages 1858 (Oct-Dec).
For more details of Amy Horne’s family tree, you can go to:

Miss Eliza Morrison, one of the Free School Girls, since joined her parents in Dinapore
Mr. T. Farnon, of E.I. Railway
Mrs. Murray
Mrs. Hannah Spiers, wife of Band Sergt., 5rd NI
Miss Eliza Spiers
Miss Isabella Spiers
Miss Matilda Spiers
Master Fred Spiers
Miss Amelia Spiers, aged 14, taken away from Satichaura Ghat and not found.
Bradshaw, Eliza,  Mrs. widow (56th NI)
Bradshaw, Mrs., and 1 child Emelia
Bradshaw, Mrs., and 1 child, Ellen
Letts, Elizabeth, widow (56th NI)
Letts, 2 children, Caroline and Rachel
Mary Ann, ayah to Mrs. Greenway, escaped on the 27th of June and remained hidden in the city.
Khoda Bux, Jemandar, 56th NI
Elshee Bux, Sepoy, 56th NI
Gobind Singh, Sepoy, 56th NI
Sahib Dad Khan, Native Doctor, 56th NI
Mitter Jeet, Sepoy, 56th NI
Mahomed Gous, Sepoy, 56th NI. He was sent out on the 23rd of June to gain information and remained hidden in the city until the 17th of July.

Residents of Cawnpore who did not go into the Entrenchment and Survived

Abel, G., Pensioner
Abel, Mrs., and 2 children
Buttress, Thomas, Pensioner
Buttress, Mrs.
Brown, Margaret, Mrs., and child
Forrester, William, Pensioner
Farnon, Ambrose, Mrs.
Greenway, Charles, Mrs., mother of Mr. Samuel Greenway, Merchant. Owing to her old age, she was not killed but “received much annoyance from the rebels.”
Ireland, J., Pensioner
Ireland, Mrs.
Jones, Stephen, Mr.
Jones, Mrs.
Jacobi, Isabella (wife of William Jacobi)
Lowther, Mrs., and her sister Eliza
Maling, Margaret, Mrs.
Maling, Thomas, her son
Maling, Edward, her son
MacMullen, Mrs., and child
Miss Hay – “an aged person”
Reid, W., Pensioner. Escaped to Allahabad
Reid, Mrs., and three children, escaped to Allahabad
Waterfield, Mrs., and child
Williams, Edward, escaped to Lucknow
Native Christians:
James John
Joseph, his wife and children
Ebenezer Gunput, Emanuel and his family
Two women who have not made it to any of these lists as they left  Cawnpore on the 28th of May – by boat – are Helena Angelo, the wife of Lt. Frederick Cortland Angelo of the 16th BNI and Mrs.Volks. Helena Angelo had only recently arrived in Cawnpore, in May 1857. Initially,  the Angelo’s went to the entrenchment but her husband was sufficiently skeptical of the whole arrangement, that he insisted his pregnant wife and their daughters accompany Mrs. Volk to Calcutta.
They were probably the last people to safely have left Cawnpore before the outbreak. An account of Mrs. Angelo’s travails are available at the Muir family website:
Frederick remained behind at Cawnpore. He survived the massacre at Satichaura Ghat but was killed while trying to escape to Lucknow. 
During the attack on the boats Captain Frederick Angelo,  the newly arrived superintendent of the Canal Department who had managed to get his pregnant wife and two daughters out of Cawnpore on the eve of the siege, succeeded in swimming across the river and hiding in the reeds until nightfall. Stripping down to a waist cloth, Angelo darted along a series of ravines, trying to make his way north towards Lucknow, when villagers surrounded him and took him to their landlord. The villagers gave him sugar and watched as he greedily devoured it ‘with both hands.’
The landlord took pity on Angelo and promised to take him to Lucknow. But word of the feringhee’s capture quickly spread, and on June 28 a party of sepoys arrived at the landlord’s village to lay claim to him. The landlord refused to break his word to Angelo, but then more rebel zemindars descended on the village, overpowering his matchlockmen, and took Angelo to Baba Bhutt, who ordered him cut down on the spot. His rebel captors refused unless the captain was himself armed. ‘Our creed does not permit us to kill a bound prisoner,’ one of the matchlockmen explained, ‘though we can slay our enemy in battle.
‘Let him strike us,’ another suggested, ‘and then we will strike him in return, but we will not strike him in his present condition.’ A sower put an end to this impasse by striking Angelo on the arm, whereupon the jullads ‘laid on with their swords, and he was despatched.’
(“Our Bones Are Scattered” -Andrew Ward, pp.338-339)
MEMORIAL TABLET, All Souls Church, Kanpur.

 Sacred to the memory of
 16th Grenadiers. B.N.I. 
 Superintendent of the 4th division Ganges Canal
 who fell in the Mutiny at Cawnpore
 on the 27th June 1857
 in the 32nd year of his age
 "Jesus said I am the resurrection and the life.
 He that believeth in me, though he were dead,
 yet shall he live." St John XI 25.
 This tablet is erected by his sorrowing widow.