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European adventurers, scholars and officials

European adventurers, scholars and officials

WOLFF, JOSEPH (1795-1862), Christian missionary and traveller, who visited the Punjab in 1832, was born of Jewish parents at Weilersbach, near Bamberg (West Germany). He was coverted to Christianity in 1812. He studied oriental languages at Cambridge. Between 1821 and 1826, he travelled as a missionary in Egypt and the…
WHISH, SIR WILLIAM SAMPSON (1787-1853), divisional commander of the British army under Lord Hugh Gough in the second Anglo-Sikh war, was born at North world, England, on 27 February 1787, the son of Richard Whish. He received a commission in the Bengal artillery in 1804. In 1826, he was appointed…
WEIR, a Russian, who served in the Khalsa army for some time in 1842. He married a Kashmir! Muslim woman and lived within the walled city of Lahore.
WATHEN, GERARD ANSTRUTHER (1878-1958), a British educator who came by much applause and friendliness at the hands of his Sikh pupils and their parents during his time as principal of the Khalsa College at Amritsar in the early part of the twentieth century. By his helpfulness and natural affability and…
WADE, SIR CLAUDE MARTINE (1794-1861), soldier and diplomat, son of Lt.Col Joseph Wade of the Bengal army, was born on 3 April 1794. He joined the Bengal army in 1809 and was promoted lieutenant in 1815. He served in operations against Scindia and Holkar, and the Pindaris (1815-19) and officiated…
VOCHUS, a Russian, who was, in 1823, employed in the gunpowder factory at Lahore, then under the Sikhs.

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