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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Major William Loch

Other: William Loch 
Dates:  1818, December - 1860, 19 November
Born:  India, Calcutta

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A Biographical Dictionary of 19th Century Photographers in South and South-East Asia

Amateur, India
bapt. Calcutta, 11 Dec 1818, son of William Loch, Bengal Civil Service (Judge and Magistrate, Murshidabad), and his wife Elizabeth; received a classical and mathematical at the New Academy, Edinburgh. Nominated as a cadet for the EICo’s Bombay Cavalry, season 1834, by his uncle, EICo Director John Loch. His father was then dead and his mother was living at 20 St Cuthbert Street, Edinburgh. Passed the Military Committee at East India House, 18.2.1835. Embarked on the Lord Lowther, 24 Feb 1835.
Cornet, 24 Feb 1835; posted to 2nd Bombay Light Cavalry (GO 3 Aug 1835). Leave to the Nilgiri Hills on private affairs and sick certificate, 15 April to 15 November 1836. Lieutenant, 14 Feb 1837. Tried by court martial on a charge of having engaged in a scuffle with Lt Jackson at a private party at Sholapore on 24 May 1837: severely reprimanded. Transferred to 1st Bombay Light Cavalry, GO 2Jan 1838. Leave to Bombay on sick certificate, 10 January to 10 February 1838. Appointed ADC to the Governor of Bombay, GO, 13 Jun 1839. Appointed 2nd in command of Poona Auxiliary Horse, GO 16 Aug 1839. Appointed Assistant Magistrate for the Bombay Presidency, Bombay Government Gazette, 2Apr 1840. Mentioned in despatch of Major Clibborn for his ‘cheerful and arduous exertions’ during the unsuccessful attempt to relieve the garrison of Kahun at the action of Nuffosk Pass in Upper Sind, 31 Aug 1840. He volunteered to act with 50 fifty men as skirmishers in the assault. Though severely wounded by a sword cut on his head, he was leading his men to the attack on foot when he was stunned by a blow from a stone. His orderly, Trooper Ahmed Khan of the Poona Auxiliary Horse, went to his rescue in the face of the enemy and by sheer physical strength removed him and placed him in a dooly. He was deserted by the dooly bearers and Ahmed Khan showed his devotion by staying with him although surrounded by Baluchi tribesmen in every direction. Eventually he succeeded in placing and binding Lt Loch behind Sillader Ahmed Bux Khan, who was on horseback and who carried him out of action. Ahmed Khan was awarded the Indian Order of Merit 3rd Class for his devotion: GO 2Jun 1841, Gazette 25 Dec 1840, GO 3 Jan 1841. Leave to Bombay aand Mahableshwar on sick certificate, 13 February to 31 May 1841. Leave to the Nilgiris on sick certificate for one year, GO 4 Feb 1842. Appointed Superintendent of H.H. the Gaekwar of Baroda’s Contingent of Horse in Kathiawar, GO 25 Nov 1842. Leave extended to remain at the Nilgiris until 30 Apr 1843. Received charge of the Gaekwar’s Contingent, 2May 1843. Granted a wound pension, Military letter to Bombay, 25 Oct 1843. Leave to proceed to sea for four months on sick certificate, GO 10 Nov 1845. Appointed Paymaster of the Northern Division of the Bombay Army, GO 14 Feb 1846. Ordered to rejoin his regiment, GO 3 Oct 1848. Mentioned in despatch of Brigadier General Dundas, 28 Dec 1848, for his assistance in the operations before Mooltan, London Gazette, 7 Mar 1849. Reported to have attained a colloquial knowledge of Hindustani, GO 26 Jan 1849. Captain, 5 Feb 1849. Appointed Paymaster of the Southern Division of the Bombay Army, GO 21 May 1850. ‘As Adjutant to the 1st Cavy he is duly qualified, is a smart and intelligent officer [and] put the regiment through a few manoeuvres in a satisfactory manner’ (Inspection report 1852/3). Furlough to UK on sick certificate, 2Jan 1856-19 Sep 1857. Appointed acting Remount Agent at Bombay, GO 28 Dec 1858. Appointed acting Military Paymaster at Bombay, GO 18 Jul 1859.Major, 4 Apr 1860. Furlough to UK on sick certificate from 18 Oct 1860. Died (out of India), 19 Nov 1860.
War Services: Campaign in Sind and Afghanistan with the Bombay Column of the Army of the Indus, 1838-39. Present at the storming and capture of Ghuznee, 23 Jul 1839 (horse shot).medal. Expedition into the Ghilzai country as 2nd in command Poona Irregular Horse. Expedition against Baluchiss of Upper Sind, severely wounded at Nuffoossk, 31 Aug 1840. Siege and capture of Mooltan in 2nd Sikh War, medal and clasp.
His photographs appear in M. Taylor and J. Fergusson, Architecture at Beejapoor (1866), by which time he is referred to as the ‘late Major Loch’.
IOR/L/MIL/12/71 p.239 and no.119 in IOR/L/MIL/12/78, 80 and 81; Bombay Service Army Lists; L/MIL/12/88 no. 30; IOR/L/MIL/9/182 ff.67-71; 

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