Indian Mutiny Medal, no clasp:
to – Lieut. R. N. Taylor
No regiment shown (Not in our opinion erased)[perhaps on the staff] but apart from civil posts, he was in the 17th Madras NI for all his career.
Ralph de Neufville Taylor, born in March 1827 and baptised on 28 May 1827 in Madras, was the son of Lt. Genl. Sir H.G.A. Taylor GCB, and was commissioned into the Madras Army in 1845; promoted to Lieut. in Jan. 1848 and to Captain in Jan. 1861.
He served largely in the 17th Madras Infantry and held various civil positions at different times – he was Asst. Commissioner in Raichore Doab [Karnataka] in 1859 and was a Deputy Commissioner in the Nizam of Hyderabad’s territories in the same year. Assistant to Commissioner, Mysore, 1862.
He married in Upway in Dorset in 1856 Frances Bentley Buckle, dau. of the Archdeacon of Dorset and was stated to be returning to India immediately after the wedding. Various children’s births (and death of some) are recorded in later years.
The 1861 Madras List has :
Served with the Field Force against Goolburgah in 1848.
Present in the attack on the heights before Shorapore by Major Hughes’ column on the 8th Feb. 1858 and at the action and capture of the Fort of Copal on 1st June 1858.
He retired in 1865 and died near Exmouth in November 1901, leaving £7000 estate.
Medal in NEF condition with just a few tiny edge nicks not affecting its look; toning.[His father served from 1798 and was awarded the Army of India Medal with Assaye, Argaum, Gawilghur clasps, with 10th Madras N. I., which is in the National Army Museum.]