HEICo Ensign’s Commission of 1850 signed by Sir Charles Napier


HEICo Commission signed by Sir Charles Napier as Commander in Chief A parchment commission granting Henry Macdonald, Gentleman the Rank of Ensign in the Queen’s Army, in the East Indies only. The document is dated Simla 30th July 1850 although Macdonald took rank from 20th December 1849. It is signed C J Napier and his wax seal as Commander in Chief is attached. The document has the usual three vertical folds and is in clean condition. Henry Macdonald of Sandside in Caithness, served in the Mutiny (awarded the medal with two clasps). He was a surviving officer of the former 19th Bengal Native Infantry which mutinied at Berhampore. In 1859 he was serving as Adjutant at Dehra Doon. He was hacked to death in 1873 by Mohmand Afridis while serving as commandant of Fort Michnee and was buried at Peshawar.

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