Richard Stainforth was born in Pontefract, Yorkshire on the 30th of
September, 1839.  He is shown in the 1851 Census as a student at Rossell Hall
School, Fleetwood, Lancashire.

Richard was gazetted as an Ensign in the 56th Bengal Native Infantry on 20
June 1857, one month following the out break of the Indian Mutiny at
Meerut.   As part of his 56th Bengal Native Regiment had mutinied at
Cawnpore on the 5th of June,  Ensign Stainforth was attached to other
regiments during the early part of the Indian Mutiny.  He was present at the
actions of Akberpore and taking of Lucknow by Lord Clyde, in March 1858
and the actions of Nawabgunge and Barabunki under
Sir Hope Grant.

He was promoted to Lieutenant on 18 May 1858.  He was present with the
Rifles on the banks of Ramgunga, and the fight at Kawab Pass, under
Brigadier Horsford, in whose despatch he was mentioned in March 1859.  
Richard is shown in the 1859 Bengal Army List as a Lieutenant in the 56th
B.N.I. and as doing duty as the Adjutant of the District Police, Oude.

Richard Stainforth received the Indian Mutiny medal with clasp for Lucknow,
named to him as an Ensign in the 3rd Battalion, Rifle Brigade.  Interestingly,
he is shown on the Indian Mutiny medal roll of the 3rd Battalion Rifle Brigade
without the normal notation of “doing duty with” as was usually the case with
HEIC officers serving with British regiments during the Indian Mutiny, nor is
such notation made on the naming of his medal as is also usually the case.

Lieutenant Stainforth was married to Anna Phipps Boileau.  They had one
daughter and one set of twins, the twins dying in infancy.  Their daughter
lived to adulthood, married and had one son, who was killed in action during
the Great War.

Lieutenant Stainforth died in 1865 at the age of 26.  His Indian Mutiny
medal was the only campaign medal he received.  His medal is accompanied
by numerous pieces of original ephemera regarding the Indian Mutiny.  
(The spellings used in the descriptions are those used by Richard
Stainforth on the originals.)
Cdv photograph of
General Havelock’s
A cdv photograph of
Richard Stainforth in
uniform wearing what
appears to be a dress
miniature of his
Indian Mutiny medal.  
A hand-drawn map of the city of Lucknow showing the location of the troops
assaulting the city.
A handwritten Order of Battle for the battle for the final capture of Lucknow with the
Artillery and Cavalry units on one side and the Infantry regiments involved on the other.
Cdv photograph of the Dikoosha Palace, Lucknow.
Cdv photograph of the Gardens of the Kaiser Bagh Palace, Lucknow.
Cdv photograph of the Grand Entrance of the Palace of Hos Emabad, Lucknow.
Cdv photograph of the Hos Emabad Palace, Lucknow.
Cdv photograph of the Kaiser Bagh Palace and Gardens, Lucknow.

Cdv photograph of La Martiniere College, Lucknow with La Martiniere Monument.