Dr Alexander Jaffray Nicholson and Clara Hogg. He then set out for east india company in india pdf military career in India in 1839. Afghanistan, in November 1840, and during this time he saw early and fierce military action.
Afghan tribesmen during a freezing winter between 20 November 1841 and 10 March 1842. After Colonel Palmer, the garrison commander capitulated, Nicholson — together with 10 other British officers — was held captive at Ghazni in a filthy, ordure-ridden, lice-infested cell between 10 March and 19 August 1842. He was feared for his foul temper and authoritarian manner, but also gained the respect of the Afghan and North Punjabi tribes in the area for his fairhandedness and sense of honour. Thank God I have yet the strength to shoot him, if necessary”.
I am sorry, gentlemen, to have kept you waiting for your dinner, but I have been hanging your cooks. When they refused to taste it for him, he force fed it to a monkey – and when it expired on the spot, he proceeded to hang the cooks from a nearby tree without a trial. Nicholson also called for the Mutiny to be punished with greater severity. He proposed an Act endorsing a ‘new kind of death for the murderers and dishonourers of our women’, suggesting, ‘flaying alive, impalement or burning,’ and commenting further, ‘I would inflict the most excruciating tortures I could think of on them with a perfectly easy conscience.
At Bannu, Nicholson used to ride one hundred and twenty miles every weekend to spend a few hours with Edwardes, and lived in his beloved friend’s house for some time when Edwardes’ wife Emma was in England. At his deathbed he dictated a message to Edwardes saying, “Tell him that, if at this moment a good fairy were to grant me a wish, my wish would be to have him here next to my mother. The love between him and Edwardes made them, as Edwardes’ wife later described it “more than brothers in the tenderness of their whole lives”. He died on 23 September 1857, in a small bungalow in the cantonments of Delhi, as a result of wounds received in the taking of the city nine days previously. He became the Victorian “Hero of Delhi” inspiring books, ballads and generations of young boys to join the army. The man turns out to be a veteran of the Great Uprising of 1857, and while sojourning on the road, he sings the old “song of Nikal Seyn before Delhi”. Nicholson features in a number of works about this period in history.
A Ballad of John Nicholson”, in which he humiliates a visiting rajah who deliberately fails to treat him with sufficient deference as one of those who “brook no doubt of our mastery, We rule until we die”, admirable as this might have appeared to Newbolt’s contemporaries. Flashman meets Nicholson on the road between Bombay and Jhansi just before the rebellion, and describes Nicholson as “The downiest bird in all India and could be trusted with anything, money even. This from Flashman is a rare compliment. Brigadier-General John Nicholson’s tombstone, made from a white marble slab near Delhi’s Kashmir gate, was a former garden seat of the Mughals.