Who was William Hall?

Introduction William Nelson Edward Hall VC (28 April 1827 to 27 August 1904) was the first Black person, first Nova Scotian, and third Canadian to receive the Victoria Cross. He received the medal for his actions in the 1857 Siege of Lucknow during the Indian Rebellion. Hall and an officer from his ship continued to… Read More


What was the Singapore Mutiny (1915)?

Introduction The 1915 Singapore Mutiny, also known as the 1915 Sepoy Mutiny or the Mutiny of the 5th Light Infantry, was a mutiny involving up to half of a regiment of 850 Indian Muslim sepoys against the British in Singapore during the First World War. The mutiny, on 15 February 1915, lasted nearly seven days.… Read More

What was the (British) East India Company?

Introduction The East India Company (EIC), also known as the Honourable East India Company (HEIC), East India Trading Company (EITC), the English East India Company or (after 1707) the British East India Company, and informally known as John Company, Company Bahadur, or simply The Company was an English and later British joint-stock company founded in… Read More

What was the Barrackpore Mutiny of 1824?

Introduction The Barrackpore mutiny was a rising of native Indian sepoys against their British officers in Barrackpore in November 1824. The incident occurred when the British East India Company was fighting the First Anglo-Burmese War (1824-1826) under the leadership of the governor-general of India, William Amherst, 1st Earl Amherst. Refer to Vellore Mutiny (1806) and… Read More

What was the Vellore Mutiny (1806)?

Introduction The Vellore mutiny on 10 July 1806 was the first instance of a large-scale and violent mutiny by Indian sepoys against the East India Company, predating the Indian Rebellion of 1857 by half a century. The revolt, which took place in the South Indian city of Vellore, lasted one full day, during which mutineers… Read More

What was the Indian Rebellion of 1857?

Introduction The Indian Rebellion of 1857 was a major, but ultimately unsuccessful, uprising in India in 1857-1858 against the rule of the British East India Company, which functioned as a sovereign power on behalf of the British Crown. Refer to the Vellore Mutiny (1806) and the Barrackpore Mutiny of 1824. The rebellion began on 10… Read More