If you scout around the grander London churches, you can find quite a few memorials to Company wallahs and the like - the officers of the East India Company and other servants of the Raj. But they don't come much nicer and grander than this.
It's in All Souls, Langham Place - just by Broadcasting House. A touching memorial to William Richard Moore, the son of a director of the East India Company, who was killed in the Rebellion / Mutiny of 1857. He was 24 when he died, and is buried where he served - in Mirzapur in what's now Uttar Pradesh.
One of the more captivating aspects of the memorial is the grieving woman - I'm not clear whether this is a classical allusion, or an Indian 'bivii' mourning her partner. It's probably the former. 1857 marked a dividing line - before that almost all East India Company officers and Imperial civil servants went out unaccompanied, and it was unexceptional for them to have an Indian wife either for the duration of their posting or as an enduring marriage. After 1857, such liaisons were frowned upon, and more British women went out to India accompanying their husbands.
The inscription on the tablet - tellingly tragic - is worth careful reading. It's posted below. As you will see, it records that Moore was 'barbarously and treacherously murdered', being 'among the early victims of the fearful mutiny which desolated India in 1857'. And his epitaph:
"His sun is gone down while it was yet day"
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