Lt Col William John Phaelim Preston D.S.O., O.B.E. – 1873-1943

Lt Col William John Phaelim Preston D.S.O., O.B.E. – 1873-1943

I was attracted to the grave of Rev Decimus William Preston by the inscription at the very bottom, referring to his grandson, William John Phaelim, who had been in the Indian Army

The Reverend Decimus William Preston from Cavan was the grandson of a Judge of Appeal (now known as Law Lords) and his mother was a daughter of the 5th Baron Carbery. And, as though there was not enough power and prestige in the family, the good reverend married a General’s daughter. His bride Emily’s father may well have been the General Richard Armstrong who was Commander-in-Chief of the Madras Army from 1851 to 1853. According to the inscription on the Preston family grave, Emily died at the age of 93. The couple had 9 children, one of whom, Angelina Emily, is remembered on the family tombstone.

Extract from the latest addition to Digging up the Raj by Shabnam Vasisht

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