Indian Mutiny, 2 clasps, Delhi, Lucknow
Lieut. H P Bishop 3rd Troop, 3rd Bde. Bengal Arty
Henry Parlett Bishop was appointed 2nd Lieutenant in the Bengal Artillery on 13 June 1845, becoming 1st Lieutenant on 30 June 1848; Captain, 27 August 1858; Brevet Major, 28 August 1858; Major, 5 July 1872; Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel, 15 December 1867; Lieutenant-Colonel, 1 August 1872; Colonel, 1 August 1877; Major-General, retired, 31 December 1878.
Major-General Bishop served the Punjab campaign of 1848-49, including the siege and surrender of Mooltan, and battle of Goojerat (Medal with two clasps). Present at the outbreak of the Mutiny at Ambala. Commanded a Troop of Horse Artillery at the siege and capture of Delhi (slightly wounded June 19 1857, LG 4/9/1857) with Seaton’s Column, and at capture of Meeangunge, also present at the capture of Bareily actions at Gungeerie, Puttiali, Mainpuri and operations around Cawpore, Lucknow, Bareilly and Mopipure. (repeatedly mentioned in despatches, Brevet of Major, Medal with two clasps).
Gazette, 13/10/1857 Grant’ s Despatch “I beg to bring to the immediate notice of Major- General Sir H. Barnard, the names of the officers who had command of guns and squadrons. Major Scott, Captain Money, and Lieutenant Bishop, commanded the guns on the right, and nothing could be better than the way in which they brought their guns forward, and opened them on the enemy fearless of danger”
Gazette 23/4/1858, Lieutenant’Colonel Seaton, C.S., Commanding Moveable Column, Delhi Field Force , Camp,Puttiallee,December18, 1857, Four Horse Artillery guns, under Lieutenants Deroin and Griffin, dashed to our immediate front, whilst four more, under Lieutenant Bishop, taking a detour to the right and wheeling into line, took the enemy in flank.
Gazette, 5 May 1858 services ‘In command of a Troop’
Gazette 25/5/1858, Camp, La Martiniere, Lucknow, “On the 2nd of March, I advanced on Dilkoosha with troops as per margin,* and seized that position after a skirmish, in which a gun was taken from the enemy.
Lieutenant-Colonel Tombs,.C.B., andLieutenant Bishops Troops: Bengal Horse Artillery,
Gazette 31/5/1858, Brigadier-General Sir J. H. Grant, Camp before Lucknow, March,5, 1858. ”
In the space of 50 minutes, the 2 heavy guns made a practicable breach, and I then ordered the 53rd Regiment to advance to the assault. I cannot speak too highly of the assistance I received from ……and Lieutenant Bishop, commanding troops of Royal and Bengal Horse Artillery.”
Gazette, 4/6/1858 Hope-Grant’s Despatch – I cannot speak too highly of the assistance I received from…….and Lieutenant Bishop, commanding troops of Royal and Bengal Horse Artillery
Gazette 24/3/1859 Hope-Grant, Commanding Oude Field Force “On the 19th June, 1857, when a severe action was fought by the troops at Delhi, Major Martin was placed by me in command of a force of European and Native cavalry, which were employed in supporting 2 guns under command of Lieutenant Bishop, Bengal Horse Artillery. (Bishop wounded here).
Major General Bishops Diary during the Mutiny is held the British Library Oriental and India Office Collections