|Brig. Gen. John Nicholson FIBIwiki|
Native of Northern Ireland and privately educated in Delgany and later attended the Royal School Dungannon, with the help of his maternal uncle, Sir James Weir Hogg, a successful East India Company lawyer and for some time Registrar of the Calcutta Supreme Court, and later a Member of Parliament, Nicholson joined the British company's army in Bengal (the 41st Native Infantry at Benares) in 1839. As part of his job, he gained considerable language skill in Urdu (1845). He saw action in Afghan war 1840 and also Angelo-Sikh war in Punjab. He came under the influence of Henry Lawrence who was strict military officer and was held in great esteem by the Afghan tribes.
During the siege of Delhi in the Sepoy Mutiny, with fine strategy and tactics, he stormed into the city and surprised the rebels. Once he walked into the British Mess (in a tent) in Jullander city and coughed to get the attention of the fellow officers, etc. He told them about the reason of his late arrival, "I am sorry, gentlemen, to have kept you waiting for your dinner, but I have been hanging your cooks." He had been told that the regimental chefs had poisoned the soup with aconite. When they refused to taste it for him, he forced them to feed it to a monkey. Upon consuming it the monkey died on the spot. Having no other way, he went ahead to hang the cooks from a nearby tree without a trial".
|Col. Nicholson cemetery, 1880. Delhi kunzum.com|
Nicholson had close rapport with his fellow Punjab administrators Sir Henry Lawrence and Herbert Edwards and the later was almost his own brother like and he won't mind riding hours together to spend time with him.
|Col. Nicholson cemetery.1880 Delhi www.thequint.com/|
When he died, he was just 35 - too young for a man to lose his life to save his country' honor and name. Brigadier-General John Nicholson's tombstone, in Delhi's Kashmiri gate (no. 4) which was once a Mogul garden. His great services and untimely death while on war duty are commemorated on a white marble memorial plaque at the 1857 Memorial on the Ridge in New Delhi. Prior to independence, there a big state of Nicholson showing him with a naked sword in hand and surrounded by mortars, but was removed to his old school where one of the houses (yellow) is named after him.