Punjab Medal, no bar, Ensign Thomas Edward Powell, 71st Regiment Bengal Native Infantry, a Welshman who later died in service in India during 1859.
Born on 4th September 1828, at Cantrell in Breconshire, Wales, son of Reverend Thomas John Powell and Arabella.
He was educated at Marlborough College from August 1843 until July 1845, being appointed a Cadet for the East India Company Forces at Addiscombe from August 1843 until July 1845 during his education.
He was commissioned as an Ensign on 11th June 1847, sailed out to India aboard the Indus on 20th August 1847, being appointed on his arrival to the 71st Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry on 29th May 1848, seeing service during the ‘Punjab’ Second Sikh War from 1848-49, serving with Brigadier Wheeler’s Force in the Jullundur.
After the war he transferred to the 43rd Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry on 12th June 1849, he was promoted to Lt on 6th march 1854 and served as Adjutant and Quartermaster, but he later died in service at Barrackpore near Calcutta on 19th August 1859