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Private Hugh Evans

Account of Indian Mutiny.

Private Hugh Evans, of the King's Own Royal Regiment, wrote a letter to the local newspaper in 1858. He detailed what he was doing during the Indian Mutiny.  We know that later on he was present at the Crimea and Indian Mutiny Veterans meeting at Shrewsbury on 5th November 1895.  He was awarded Crimean Medals and the Indian Mutiny Medal.

3rd November 1858

The following extract is copied from a letter received from Private Hugh Evans, of the 4th (King’s Own) Regiment of foot, who is connected with the parish of Selattyn, near Oswestry. The writer has been in the army four years, and during the short period has seen a great deal of service:-

Baroda, 27th August 1858

“I am now in Baroda. There are five regiments here now. There were three regiments of Sepoys in Allambrad, going to break out, and they would have done so if the 89th had not come that day. This regiment had marched thirty miles that day, through the hot sun. Our General got the men to pitch their tents, for the Sepoys to think that there were soldiers to come in that day. Four companies of our regiment, and one company of the 51st marched in the next day, and disarmed the Sepoys, and shot and hung a great many of them. I expect a good many of them will get the same. I expect to get three medals; one for the Crimea, and two for India. I have seen quite as much service during the four years I have been a soldier as many who have been in the army twenty or thirty years. There was been a great many of our men dying here with the foreign ague. They go in hospital today, and buried tomorrow. We had a man here who has been in the service nineteen years, and was going to get a medal for long service, but we was taken to the hospital, and died in a few hours. This place is not like home. We have had four or five men struck dead with the sun; it is so hot, but it is seldom that soldiers march in the day; they march in the night and pitch their tents before the sun is up.
God bless you all. Amen”




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