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Indian Mutiny Perthshire Volunteers Monument, Portsmouth, Portsmouth

Indian Mutiny Perthshire Volunteers Monument, Portsmouth, Portsmouth
Photograph taken 28 January 2003 © Mr Colin Cromwell. Source Historic England Archive ref: 475000

This monument was built in c1865. It's inscription reads "In memory of Officers (named) and 312 non-commissioned officers, buglers and privates of the 90th Light Infantry Perthshire Volunteers who fell during the mutiny in India in the defence, the relief, the capture of Lucknow and in the subsequent operations to the end of the war". The Indian Mutiny began in 1857 when soldiers of the Bengal army shot their British officers and marched on Delhi. The Bengal army was told to modernise and use a new rifle. A rumour concerning the use of pig and cow fat, forbidden in the Muslim and Hindu religions respectively, as lubricant on the cartridges for the new rifles was the final straw that sparked the rebellion.