Lieu.t H.B. Melville. 54th Native Bengal Infantry.
[London, John Murray, 1843.]
Lithograph. Printed area 175 x 105mm (7 x 4¼").
Henry Beresford Melville in Afghan dress. A portrait from Vincent Eyre's 'Portraits of the Kabul Prisoners', from an original drawing made during Eyre's captivity in Afghanistan after the Retreat from Kabul during the 1st Afghan War (1838-1842). Melville was appointed an ensign in the 54th Bengal Native Infantry in 1837. Promoted to lieutenant in 1840, he took part in the 1st Afghan War (1839-1842) and was taken hostage by Akbar Khan following the uprising of November 1841 and was released in September 1842 when Major-General Sir George Pollock's Army of Retribution arrived in Kabul. Promoted to captain in 1843, he was invalided back to England in 1851 where he died four years later.
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