DE LA ROCHE, HENRI FRANCOIS STANISLAUS (d. 1842), a Frenchman born in Mauritius, served in the army of Begam Samrū. As the force was disbanded by the British after the Begam's death, he came to Lahore in 1838 and took up service under Mahārājā Raṇjīt Siṅgh as a cavalry officer on a salary of Rs 500 per month. Apart from army duties, he was occasionally deputed to settle boundary disputes on the Sikh frontier. After the death of Mahārājā Khaṛak Siṅgh he openly supported Sher Siṅgh's claim to the throne. At Christmas in Lahore in 1842, he fell off his horse in an intoxicated state and died. His widow, Fateh Bakhsh, built a tomb in his memory.


    Grey, C. , European Adventurers of Northern India , 1785 to 1849. Patiala, 1970

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