HENRY BASIL BLOGG
Henry Basil Blogg was born on the 22nd of May 1805, in
London and was baptized on the 19th of June at St Giles,
He was the son of Basil Blogg, jeweler, and his wife
Harriot (or Harriet) Bannister Lane Blogg (nee Wood).
Henry received a classical education under the Rev. John
Bluck of Enfield, Middlesex. He was nominated as a
Cadet for the East India Company's Madras Cavalry, for
the 1823/4 season, by EIC Director George Smith, at
the recommendation of John Mosley.
Henry’s father was then described as a brewer, of 12
Judd Place (East), New Road, London.
Henry passed the Military Committee at East India
House, London, on the 14th of January, 1824, embarked
for India on the Duke of Bedford on the 10th of
February 1824, and was commissioned as a Cornet dated
as of 14 May 1824.
Cornet Blogg arrived at Madras on the 6th of July, 1824. The following statement regarding his voyage is
contained in his record:
“In consequence of a complaint preferred by the Captain of the ship against certain of the passengers on the
voyage, a Court of Inquiry was held on the subject on the 26th July 1824. The Court finds the charge against
Mr Blogg for having been sitting and smoking with the sailors unfounded. The Cadets appear to have merely
gone below to listen to the sailors singing" (Bengal Military Consultation 12 May 1826 no.41.)
Having been cleared of the charges against him, Henry was posted to the 7th Madras Light Cavalry and was
appointed to act as Adjutant of the 7th Light Cavalry on the march from Sholapore to Bangalore in 1829, and
was again appointed Acting Adjutant during the absence of Lieutenant Thomas in October of 1830. (GOCC 14
Henry was promoted to Lieutenant on the 7th of February, 1832, and appointed to be Quarter Master and
Interpreter to the 7th Light Cavalry on the 23rd of May, 1832, a post he held post until 1839.
Lieutenant Blogg was employed by Colonel Conway on “secret service” during the attempted mutiny at Bangalore
in 1832. No details have been located as to what this service consisted of, however, the discovery of a plot to
mutiny and kill all of the European officers at Bangalore in November of 1832 is well documented and predated
the actual rising against the British by the sepoys of the Bengal regiments by twenty-five years.
During the time the troops were engaged against Coorg (an area on the eastern slope of the Western Ghats in
Southern India) in 1834, Lieutenant Blogg was appointed to act as Assistant Quarter Master General of the
Army. (GOCC 17 March and 28 April 1834.) He did not return to his regimental duty until May of 1834.
(GOCC 10 May 1834.)
On the 5th of February, 1834, Henry married Helen Craick (born 25 May 1816), the youngest daughter of the
Rev. C.M. Babington, M.A., of Peterstow, Herefordshire.
Lieutenant Blogg served in various posts and held various staff appointments, apparently performing well in each
of them. For example, one Inspection Report stated:
“Lieutenant Blogg is in every respect competent as Quarter Master and Interpreter and all his duties are
most efficiently discharged. This officer, Colonel Gummer adds, has also been acting as Staff Officer at
Jaulnah for nearly three years, much to his satisfaction, and he is remarkably well qualified for any Staff
appointment" (Inspection Report of 7th Lt. Cav. Nov 1838.)
Henry was promoted to Captain on the 2nd of April, 1839 and he continued to receive glowing Inspection
Reports from his superiors in that capacity. He was appointed to act as Cantonment Adjutant at Arcot on
September of 1842 (GOCC 24 Sept. 1842) and appointed to act as Adjutant to 7th Light Cavalry on 2
November 1843. He was appointed Superintendent of Cadets and as Staff Officer at Palaveram in January of
1847. (GO 29 Jan. 1847.)
Captain Blogg was appointed Assistant Quarter Master General, Nagpore Subsidiary Force by General Order on
the 21st of January 1848. He was promoted to Brevet Major on the 11th of November 1853 and his appointment
as Assistant Quarter Master General ceased on his promotion to substantive Major on the 31st of December,
When the Indian Mutiny erupted in May of 1857, only a handful of regiments from the Madras Presidency were
ordered to participate in the suppression of the rebellion. The 7th Madras Light Cavalry was one of them.
Henry Blogg’s service during the Mutiny is given as follows:
“Present with and commanding Kamptee Flying Column and Kamptee Column of Observation. The 1st and 3rd
squadrons (7th Madras Lt. Cav.) left Kamptee on the 9th November 1858 in pursuit of a rebel force under
the immediate command of Tantia Topee, and as forming part of the Kamptee Flying Column commanded by
Colonel Osborne and Lieut.-Colonel Blogg; and after making long and fatiguing marches night and day came
within twenty five miles of the rebel forces, which having been obliged by the speedy approach of the column
to change its direction of flight, crossed the Sathpoore range of mountains on the borders of the Nagpore
territory and fell into the hands of Brigadier Hill, commanding the Hyderabad Contingent, by whom they were
dispersed. Continued in camp guarding the north-west frontier of the Nagpore territory until the 25th
January 1859 and then returned to Kamptee.”
Henry Blogg was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on the 4th of March, 1858. He was awarded the Indian Mutiny
Medal without clasp for his service during the Mutiny, named to him as a Lieutenant Colonel in the 7th Madras
Light Cavalry. This was the only campaign medal he was destined to receive during his entire military career.
Lieutenant Colonel Blogg retired on the 31st December, 1861. He is shown in the 1861 Census of England as a
visitor at his brother’s home in Marylebone, London, along with his son Henry, age 13. His occupation was given
as “Officer in Her Majesty’s Service” and he was listed as a widower, his wife Helen having died in 1851 in India.
Lieutenant Colonel Henry Basil Blogg died on the 1st of February, 1872, at Leclands, Walmer, Kent. He was 66
years old. He was survived by only three of his seven children: Henry Birdwood Blogg, George T. Blogg and the
Rev. Fowler Babington Blogg (the Rector of Great Mongeham, Kent).
(India Office Records: L/Mil/9/152 ff. 175-78 Cadet Papers;L/MIL/11/42 no.491 & no.151 in L/MIL/11/50,
51,55 & 58 Madras Service Army Lists; L/MIL11/73f.127 Madras Services; L/MIL/5/97 f.293 Mutiny Medal
Rolls; L/AG/23/10/1-2 Madras Military Fund; published Madras Army Lists).