By coincidence, I think that I may be able to help with this query.
I am currently reading a book called White Mutiny: British Military
Culture, 1825-1875, by Peter Stanley, ISBN 1-85065-330-5,
which deals with the 'mutiny' among the European Regiments that were
transferred from Company Service to the Crown in 1858.
In the book, which was reviewed in the last edition of Chowdikar, it
explains that many of the more literate and far-sighted soldiers joined the
Company's Regiments, rather than the Queen's Regiments. Once safely living
in India and promoted to NCO, they took other work because by doing so,
they could frequently buy themselves out of their units, could earn more
money and qualify for a pension much sooner. Broadly, by doing other work,
they could attract an extra income and many of the soldiers that did so
left property when they died - many left wills and some had in excess of
eighteen months salary saved.
The book is well worth reading because it describes the differences in the
Queen's and Company's armies at all levels, put the whole thing into a
social and economic context, showing that soldiering and discipline were
not the reasons that many joined the Company. Nor were they convicts etc.
but seem to have been better educated - the majority were functionally
literate and became mini entrepeneurs.
It may not answer all the questions that people have but it does give a
good idea about how and why these ancestors had multi-occupations.
Secretary, Families in British India Society, a charity (non-profit
organisation) registered in the UK.
Tony Fuller is also a professional researcher whose name appears on the
'approved' list of the India Office Library, part of The British Library,
Armenians in India
The Anglo-Armenian community in India and elsewhere
The Indo-European Telegraph Department
The History of the EIC including the EIC Chapel and Hospital in Poplar,
The 'Black Hole' of Calcutta.
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