Fatehgarh Victims, G-L

This is a continuation of the list of victims – the list is long and sad, but perhaps it can serve to give a face to the this much overlooked incident.

G.

  • Gaumisse, Mr. and Miss. Both killed on the Parade Ground on the 23rd of July.
  • Gibson, Mr., Mrs. and two children. Road Overseer. Mr. Gibson was killed at Cawnpore on the 10th of July. His wife and children were murdered in the Bibighar on the 15th.
  • Goldie, Colonel Andrew and the Misses Ellen (b.1822), Mary (b.1820) and Emily (b. 1827). Military Auditor General. Formerly belonging to the 46th N.I. Miss Emily Goldie was killed at Sinhirampur. Her father was shot on the 15th of July while her sisters murdered in the Bibighar in the same day.
    Colonel Andrew Goldie was born on March 21st 1794, the 6th son of the Reverend George Goldie and his wife, Magdalene. He grew up in Scotland – but at the age of 14, he began his military career in the Bengal Army.
    As a young man in the less constricted times of the East India Company, he met and later married Meerium Khanum (noted in records as Mary and even as Mary Graham), who, during those times, would have been his Bibi. Together, they had seven daughters and two sons. It is unclear if Meerium was travelling with Colonel Goldie, though most accounts are adament that he was travelling alone with this daughters. Meerium had died before 1857. His son, James Goldie (b. 1836) fought in the Mutiny.
  • Guise, Mr. Walter and Mrs.. Mr. Guise had been tutor to Maharajah Duleep Singh and later went into partnership with Mr. Maclean. Both him and his wife were killed on the 12th of June in Cawnpore.

H-I

  • Hammond, Sergeant and Mrs. Gun Carriage Agency. Both killed at Cawnpore on the 12th of June.
  • Heathcote, Dr. Thomas Godfrey, Mrs. Gertrude and two children. Surgeon to the 10th N.I. Dr. Heathcote was killed at Cawnpore on the 10th of Jul.y His family was killed on the 15th of July in the Bibighar. Mrs. Heathcote was heavily pregnant during their flight from Fatehgarh and apparently gave birth on route to Cawnpore. The Heathcote’s children were probably their son Godfrey/Geoffrey b.1853 and Agnes Elizabeth, b.1851. Another daughter, Marian died,aged 2 in Saharunpore in 1848.
    Mrs. Gertrude Lowther Sandham Heathcote was born in 1825, the daughter of Dr. Backshaw Lane Sandham, she had been born in India. Her father served as the surgeon to the 58th Regt. of Foot in 1841. She returned to India, and in 1844, she married Dr. Heathcote in Calcutta.
    3 Heathcote children survived as they were probably not in India in 1857.
    Adeline Siddons Heathcote, b.1844
    Henry Fisher Heathcote b. 1847
    Annie Heathcote, b.1849
    Dr.Heathcote was born in 1818, the son of Ockley and Elizabeth Swymmer Heatcote of Nothinghamshire. In his life time, he co-authored a book called “The Andaman Islands.”
  • Hine, Miss. Sister of the Hine brothers who survived. She was killed on the Parade Ground on the 23rd of July. As she was probably of Indian descent, she did not go to the Fort or flee in th boats but remained in Fatehgarh and later was a prisoner of the Nawab.
  • Humphreys, Mr. Servant to Colonel Tucker. Killed at Cawnpore on the 10th of July.
  • Ives, Mr., Mrs., and Miss. Tent Manufacturer and agent to the North-West Dak. Mrs. Ives was killed on the 11th of June along with an ayah and a child when the boat they were in was smashed by a cannon ball, crushing then under the roof. The rest were killed in Cawnpore.

J.

  • James, Mr., E. Assistant Opium Agent. Killed at Cawnpore, 10th of July.
  • Jennings (Sr.)., Mrs. Mother of Mr. Jennings, Merchant. She was killed on the Parade Ground on the 23rd of July. Like Miss Hines, she had remained in the city.
  • Jennings, (Jr.) Mrs., and five children. Killed at Cawnpore on the 10th of July.
  • John, Mr., Indian Christian, killed at the Parade ground on 23rd July.
  • Johnson, Rev. Albert Osborne (born 22nd June, 1833 in Cadiz Ohio) and Mrs Amanda Joanna née Gill, (born in Greene County, Ohio), missionary at Barhpur. Both killed at Cawnpore on the 12th of June.
    Reverend Johnson and his wife had only been in India 18 months when the mutiny broke out. They had married on the 9th of May, 1855. Shortly after, on the 17th of July, they sailed for India, arriving in Fatehgarh in December. They commenced learning the language and threw themselves whole heartedly into their work. As Mr. Johnson wrote in a letter home, “We are living very happily together and are in excellent health..” His wife was no less pleased, writing, “I have no desire to return to my own land again…We can hardly expect to meet again in this world, but may we so live that at the last we shall have a happy meeting in heaven, where whe shall never part, is the prayer of your sister far away. Yet, I am happy, very happy, in my Indian home..”
    Oddly enough, by 1857, Mrs. Johnson seemed to have been struck by a sense of foreboding. She writes of the advent of 1857,“Perhaps ere its close, some of us may be sleeping in the cold and silent grave, and numbered it may be with the forgotten dead. It is often a serious thought with me, Shall we all live to see each other, face to face, in this world again? Something tells me it is doubtful.” The Johnsons are described as being of fine social qualities, energetic dependable and level-headed. They were in no doubt that their chance
  • of escape was slim and death was probably the only outcome. On the 2nd of June they both wrote their last letters home bidding farewell to their loved ones.
  • Jones, Mr. Thomas, (b. 9th Deceber 1818) Mrs., and child. Indigo Planter. Mr. Jones was shot in the head while defending the Fort, Mrs. Jones and child were both injured at Manpur, and along with her mother, brought back to Fatehgarh. They were put to death on the 23rd of July at the Parade Ground.
  • Jons, Conductor, Mrs., and four children. Also, Mr. Jim, son-in-law. Engineer in the Gun Carriage Agency. All killed at Manpur except one daughter who was killed on the Parade Ground on the 23rd of July. The Jons family remained in the boat when the massacre began where they were killed. Three of the corpses (Mrs. Jons and 2 of her daughters) were decaptiated and their heads, along with that of Mr. Sutherland, were brought to Fatehgarh by the Bhojpur men, hoping to get a reward.
  • Joyce, Mr., merchant. Killed at Cawnpore on the 12th of June.

KL

  • Kew, Mr. J.B., Mrs., and three children and Miss Kew. Postmaster. Mr.Kew was killed on the Parade Ground on the 23rd of July. His family was killed on the 12th of June in Cawnpore.
  • Khan, Kale. One of two sepoys, the other being Surat Singh, mentioned in accounts, who refused to desert the Colours. He served at the Fort and afterwards, was in the boats on the last ill-fated journey to Cawnpore. During the Manpur massacre, he had supported Major Robertson for a time on a bamboo, until he was taken over by David Churcher, who then took the Major under his care. Kale Khan was an excellent swimmer and had actually managed to get some way down the river but was captured just past Singhirampura. He was then kept separate from the other prisoners in the Nawab of Farrukhabad’s Fort where he was kept on starvation rations. Instead of being basely murdered, Kale Khan was tried by court martial. It is no surprise he was found guilty and sentenced to death. His execution took place on the 29th of July together with “two Sikhs, a Chamar and three Khatris who murdered their brother.” (C&W, p.131). The Sikhs had been caught with a letter from Mr. Muir in Agra in their possession which was enough to see them executed.
    Kale Khan and the other prisoners were brought to the Lal Darwaza (Red Gate) at 5pm on the 29th of July. A large crowd had gathered. They were,

    “brought in a regimental waggon with arms tied behind their backs. The escort was headed by Subadar Ganga Singh himself riding a young elephant, and he was responsible for every detail of the “tamasha” as the witnesses described it. Hard-by the gate was an empty tank, which is still to be seen; and the main road by it crosses over a bridge. Benath the bridge the Subadar had stationed a gun, which had been brought from the Fort. The prisoners were made to sit down on the bed of the tank a few paces in front of the gun, two discharges of which were needed to cause their death. It is emphatically stated that Kale Khan, though sorely wounded, survived the grape shot; and the Subadar ordered Musahib Ali and Akbar Ali, two officers in of the Nawab’s Waziri regiment, to put an end to his sufferings. The heads of the victims were severed, and suspended from the branch of a nim tree overlooking the tank. Kale Khan’s body was buried in the small Mohammendan cemetery by the gate, the others being thrown away on waste land by the tank. It is curious feature, that with the exception of Ganga Singh, not one man of the regular regiments would attend the execution.” (“Fatehgarh and the Mutiny”).

    By remaining loyal, Kale Khan had to leave behind his family in the regimental lines, his wife Pyari and two year old son, Abdullah. It seems they did survive the mutiny but afterwards disappeared. All attempts by the post-mutiny government to trace them were fruitless and Pyari never came forward.
    Of the other sepoy, Surat, Singh, nothing is known – it was presumed he died at Manpur.
  • Lang, Miss Nancy. Maid servant to Mrs. Lowis. Killed at Cawnpore. Miss Lang refused to give up the baby Lowis to the mutineers and was immediately put to death with the infant in her arms, in the final attack on Smith’s boat, 9th July.
  • Long, Mary. Ayah to the Thornhills. Murdered at the Bibighar on the 15th of July.
  • Lowis, Mr. Robert Nisbet (b. 1831) Mrs. Emma née McCausland (b. 1837) and three children, Emma, Eliza and infant. Joint Magistrate. Mr. Lowis drowned near Bithur on the way to Cawnpore. His family was killed at the Bibighar on the 15th of July apart from the infant and nursemaid, Nancy Lang.
    Educated in Haileybury (1849-1851), Mr. Lowis served as the Joint Magistrate of Farrukhabad. His wife,Emma, was the daughter of Lieut.Col. McCausland of the 50th N.I. They married at Simla on October 25th 1854.
  • Lows, Mr., Mrs., and two children. Head Blacksmith, Gun Carriage Agency. All killed in Cawnpore on the 12th June.