SOLDIER OF THE RAJ The Life of Richard Fortescue Purvis 1789-1868

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Meticulously researched biography of a young officer in the early part of the 19th Century. The son of an admiral, Richard Purvis went to sea in Nelson’s Navy at the age of 11 before being commissioned at the age of 15 into the Bengal Army, part of the great East India Company. He went on to serve 17 years in India. The emphasis of this book is on his Indian military service, with the story told largely through an extensive collection of previously unpublished contemporary letters.

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