WALLER, Colonel Robert

Male 1808 - 1877  (68 years)


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  • Name WALLER, Robert 
    Prefix Colonel 
    Born 26 Dec 1808 
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 Oct 1877 
    Person ID I1806  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 20 Oct 2002 

    Father WALLER, George,   b. 1740, Newport, Tipperary, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 1833  (Age 93 years) 
    Mother STUDDERT, Elizabeth,   b. Abt 1763, Kilkishen Co.Clare Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1869  (Age ~ 106 years) 
    Married 8 Oct 1801 
    Family ID F1310  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family GRIFFITHS, Ann Caroline,   b. 24 Dec 1822, Bengal , India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1905  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 19 Nov 1839 
    Children 
     1. WALLER, Taneeza
    +2. WALLER, Major Robert Jocelyn,   b. 3 May 1844,   d. 12 Dec 1919  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 17 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F1304  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • [Hill.FBC 5.FBK.FTW]

      Was A Colonel in the Bengal Horse

      The middle brother, Robert (1808-1877), went off to be a soldier in the Bengal Army in India. Very successful he
      was too. He earned fame commanding the 1 st Troop Bengal Horse Artillery (known as the Red Devils because of
      their Roman type helmets surmounted by a long red horsehair plume) in the 1 st Afghan War (1839-1842) and retired as a Colonel.
      This unit was part of the Kabul garrison which tried to retreat to India and was, apart from one
      wounded and exhausted doctor who along reached Jalalabad, southeast of Kabul, totally annihilated in the
      mountains short of the Khyber Pass.
      Robert himself was very severely wounded in an early action, but his troop
      particularly distinguished themselves at the battle of Jagdallak (1841) where they acted as rearguard to let the rest of the force get away, fighting and dying to the last man. Robert was lucky; expecting to die, he was surrendered as a hostage together with his heavily pregnant wife and baby daughter, but survived in captivity near Kabul until rescued a year later. On their way back to Kabul a second daughter was born in a tiny fort guarding the gorge of theTazeena River. The baby was given the name Tazeena, which has been used in the family several times since as a Girls Name.

      service Ist afghan war 1839 -1842
      Sutlej Campaign( Battle of Sobroan 1846,despatches,,Brevet Major)
      Punjab Campaign 1848 - 1849 ( recieved thanks of the Govern General)
      Mohmand Expdn 1851 -1858


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