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HomeContents > People > Photographers > John Nicholas Tressider

Dates:  1819, 10 January - 1889, 27 May
Died:  England, Dulwich
 
  

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John Falconer, British Library 
A Biographical Dictionary of 19th Century Photographers in South and South-East Asia

 
Amateur, India
Son of Nicholas Tolmie Tressider (attorney-at-law) and Ann; baptised, Falmouth 20 Mar 1819; gained certificate in cupping at St Thomasís Hospital, 1844. MRCS, 1840; Indian Medical Service (Bengal), 1842-77. Served in Second Sikh War, 1848-9; Indian Mutiny, 1857-8.
 
Arrived at Fort William, 28 Jul 1845, attached to general hospital; ordered to do duty with with the military depot at Chinsurah, G.O. 19.08 and 27 Oct 1845. Directed to place himself under the orders of the Superintending Surgeon, Benares, G.O. 29 Oct 1845. Ordered to do duty with the 60th N.I. at Benares, until the departure of that Corps to Barrackpore, and then to do duty with the 21st N.I., G.O. 31 Dec 1845. Pronounced to have acquired a colloquial proficiency in Hindi, G.O. 22 Mar 1846. Leave from 1May to 1Aug 1846 to visit Benares, on P.A., G.O. 25 Apr 1846. Ordered to afford medical aid to the 49th N.I. at Benares, as a temporary arrangement, G.O. 27 May 1846. Directed to proceed to Mirzapore and afford medical aid to the 62nd N.I., G.O. 29 May 1846. Posted to the 62nd N.I., G.O. 29 Aug 1846. Removed to the 58th N.I. at Mhow, G.O. 30 Jul 1847. Appointed Garrison Assistant Surgeon at Chunar, G.O. 20 Nov 1847. Directed to officiate also as Garrison Surgeon at Chunar, as a temporary arrangement, G.O. 22 Aug 1848. Ordered to join the army assembling at Ferozepore, G.O. 5 Oct 1848. Placed under the orders of Superintending Surgeon Renny and directed to do duty in the field hospital, G.O. 6 Nov 1848. Appointed to afford medical aid to the engineer park with the army of the Punjab, G.O. 19 Jan 1849. Relieved from this duty and directed to do duty in the field hospital of the army of the Punjab, G.O. 19 Feb 1849. Ordered to do duty with a detachment of sick and wounded soldiers proceeding to Ambala, and permitted to proceed from thence to join his appointment at Chunar, G.O. 11 Apr 1849. Directed to proceed to Mirzapore and assume medical charge of that station, G.O. 28 Mar 1850. Placed at the disposal of the Lieut. Gov. of the North-Western Provinces and appointed Civil Surgeon at Mirzapore, G.O. 22 May and 11 Jul 1850. Directed to assume medical charge of the Shekhawattee Battalion, G.O. 14 Mar and 12 Oct 1853. Appointed Civil Assistant Surgeon at Cawnpore, G.O. 14 Jan 1854. Appointed to officiate as Staff Surgeon at Cawnpore, G.O. 16 May 1854. To assume temporary medical charge of the 52nd N.I., G.O. 9 Feb 1856. Relieved at his request from the appointment of Staff Surgeon at Cawnpore, G.O. 30 Aug 1856. Leave for one month, to visit Calcutta, preparatory to furlough, G.O. 29 Jan 1857. Furlough to Europe on P.A. for six months (new rules), G.O. 2 Apr 1857. Commenced 11 Apr 1857. Arrived at Fort William 6 Oct 1857, G.O. 8 Oct 1857. To afford medical aid to the crew of H.M.ís steam frigate Shannon from 16 Oct 1857, G.O. 27 Oct 1857. Relieved and ordered to join H.M.ís 42nd Highlanders proceeding up country, from 11 Nov 1857, G.O. 23 Nov 1857. In November 1857 he joined the HQ and right wing of the 42nd Highlanders, and proceeded with them in medical charge to Allahabad. He then proceeded to Cawnpore as Senior Assistant Surgeon and accompanied the regiment in action at Cawnpore (6 Dec 1857), Sheorajpur Ghat (9 Dec 1857). Medal. Promoted Surgeon, 30 Oct 1858, and retained for special public reasons in the civil charge at Cawnpore by order of the Governor General in Council till 18 Dec 1860. Received the thanks of the Government, N.W.P., three times and also a special grant for services at Cawnpore after promotion. Appointed to the charge of the European Depot Hospital (late Field Hospital), Cawnpore, December 1860, and having closed this hospital in March 1861, held charge of European Artillery at Cawnpore and was posted in March 1861 to H.M.ís 42nd Regiment N.I. (now 38th), at Agra. In February 1862, having got ill after the heavy epidemic at Agra in 1861, proceeded to Calcutta to apply for leave to England on a Medical Certificate. Returned to India, 4 Nov 1863. Appointed to 7th N.I. and Civil Banda, 12.1862. Appointed to 104th Fusiliers, 04.1864. Appointed to 4th Regt. N.I., and Civil, 07.1865. Jhansi, transferred to 8th N.I., 11.1867.
 
His photographs of the tribes of the N.W. Provinces were shown at the London International Exhibition of 1862. He also contributed to The People of India (8 vols, 1868-75).
 
[IOR/L/MIL/10/74; IOR/L/MIL/10/76 ff.77-78; L/MIL/10/81 ff.9-10] 
  
 
  

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