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sepoy

(formerly) an Indian soldier in the service of the British

Sepoy

 

in colonial India, beginning mainly in the mid-18th century, a mercenary soldier recruited from the local population into the armies of the European colonialists (Portuguese, French, and British). The British used sepoy units extensively.

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The first architectural casualty in the fight between the sepoys and the British was the Macchhi Bhavan ( Fish Palace; the Nawabs' coat of arms/ flag featured fish).
Presently, total strength of Dir Lower Levies force stands at 709 personnel with deputy commissioner Irfanullah wazir as its commandant while other staffs includes: a subedar major, 9 subedars, 17 naib subedars, 28 havaldars, 31 niaks, 44 lance niak, 579 sepoys, one Peesh Imam, two drivers, one armour and seven sweepers (followers).
We have initiated a reform programme under which no promotion will be made of Sepoy to SP rank unless they take promotion courses," he added.
Because of this Bengali sepoys continued to use smoothbore muskets until the British were reequipped with the breechloading Snider-Enfield, whereupon they passed their rifled muskets down to the sepoys.
The print of the engraving in black and white clearly depicts the Britishers as fair-complexioned and thus they become recognizable in the crowd of sepoys.
Finally, she emphasizes religion as the unifying factor for the sepoys, claiming that Hindus and Muslims put aside their differences in a joint effort to drive the Christians out of India.
In March the bastard Punjabi sepoys (soldiers) stopped saluting me.
In addition, sepoys also received a ` 5 war bhatta, a ` 50 bonus ( roughly ` 5,700 and ` 57,000 in today's terms respectively) on enlistment and free rations in and out of active service.
During this time the military forces in Singapore consisted of the Singapore Volunteer Rifle Corps (SVRC), made up of European residents, and Muslim sepoys from India, both of whom had their rifled muskets replaced with Snider-Enfield breechloading rifles in the 1870s.
QUETTA, August 05, 2011 (Frontier Star): Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Balochistan chapter while reacting to press conference held by IG FC said providing refuge to Colonel and sepoys who were involved in killing spree in Kharotabad incident was tantamount to trampling ethical norms.
QUETTA, August 05, 2011 (Balochistan Times): Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Balochistan chapter while reacting to press conference held by IG FC said providing refuge to Colonel and sepoys who were involved in killing spree in Kharotabad incident was tantamount to trampling ethical norms.
He was on a snow scooter along with some other sepoys of his battalion when the team was hit by an avalanche.