|Above: Risaldar Major (Major) Isri Singh of the 19th Bengal Cavalry. He wears the Indian Order of Merit awarded for valour in action, the Indian Mutiny Medal, the Second China
War Medal with two clasps: "Taku Forts" and "Pekin 1860" and the Second Anglo-Afghan War Medal with one clasp.
Isri Singh finds a mention Life of Hodson of Hodson's Horse by Captain Lionel J. Trotter ( William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1901). During the Great Mutiny a
certain Risaldar of the 1st Irregular Cavalry and holder of the Order of Merit, Bisharat Ali was among the mutineers captured at Kharkudar. That Bisharat Ali was one of the ring
leaders in the mutiny in the area was of no doubt and Brevet Major William Stephen Raikes Hodson in command of the 4th Irregular Cavalry (Hodson's Horse) had Bisharat Ali
summarily tried and shot. Apparently his actions troubled Hodson's reputation for the rest of his life and Isri Singh came to his defense many years later when he related his memory
of the affair to an general he had long known. The story was related to Captain Trotter by the Reverend G. H. Hodson:
"That he [Isri Singh] lived when young in or nears Bisharat Ali's village, and remembered him well, and how he used to boast that he could make the Sahib-log believe what he
chose; that Bis was notorious that he was a very dangerous character, disseminating rebel doctrines, and preparing to take a leading part in the event of the rebellion succeeding,
while keeping ostensibly on good terms with the authorities and hoodwinking them. Isri Singh never heard Major Hodson's conduct in shooting him called into question."
A & G Taylor - Photographer