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Indian Mutiny - HMS Chesapeake Memorial - Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree
N 50° 47.074 W 001° 05.946
30U E 633997 N 5627590
Quick Description: This memorial is dedicated to those from HMS Chesapeake who died during the Indian Mutiny and Battle of the Taku Forts, China.
Location: Southern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 11/27/2012 7:30:49 AM
Waymark Code: WMFT86
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Torgut
Views: 2

Long Description:
The monument is a tall granite column with a bronze naval crown on the top and bronze plaque depicting the ship. There are dolphin heads on the corners of the monument and the worn text reads:

(Front)
'CHESAPEAKE
PEIHO
RESTORED IN 1887 BY
ADMIRAL SIR GEORGE WILLES K.C.B.
COMMANDER IN CHIEF
CAPTAIN OF THE CHESAPEAKE 1859-61.'

(Left)
'CALCUTTA
INDIA
1857-58
THE YEAR OF THE MUTINY'

(Back)
'JEDDAH
ARABIA
1858-59'

(Right)
'PEKIN
CHINA
1859-60-61'

Wikipedia describes this war:visit link

'The Indian Rebellion of 1857 began as a mutiny of sepoys of the East India Company's army on 10 May 1857, in the town of Meerut, and soon escalated into other mutinies and civilian rebellions largely in the upper Gangetic plain and central India, with the major hostilities confined to present-day Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, northern Madhya Pradesh, and the Delhi region. The rebellion posed a considerable threat to Company power in that region, and was contained only with the fall of Gwalior on 20 June 1858. The rebellion is also known as the India's First War of Independence, the Great Rebellion, the Indian Mutiny, the Revolt of 1857, the Uprising of 1857, the Sepoy Rebellion, and the Sepoy Mutiny.

Other regions of Company-controlled India – such as Bengal, the Bombay Presidency, and the Madras Presidency – remained largely calm. In Punjab, the Sikh princes backed the Company by providing soldiers and support. The large princely states of Hyderabad, Mysore, Travancore, and Kashmir, as well as the smaller ones of Rajputana, did not join the rebellion. In some regions, such as Oudh, the rebellion took on the attributes of a patriotic revolt against European presence. Maratha leaders, such as the Lakshmibai, the Rani of Jhansi, became folk heroes in the nationalist movement in India half a century later; however, they themselves "generated no coherent ideology" for a new order. The rebellion led to the dissolution of the East India Company in 1858. It also led the British to reorganise the army, the financial system and the administration in India. India was thereafter directly governed by the crown as the new British Raj.'

War: Indian Mutiny and Battle of the Taku Forts, China

Is it permanently accessible to the public?: yes

Is it necessary to pay a fee to gain access to the place?: no

Year of the memorial or monument: 1857 to 1861

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