Sacred to the memory of
Captain Francis Chantrey Wiggins
70th Reg. D.M. Bengal Army
who died 5th June 1861
Thy Will Be Done
We know he started as a cadet and there are relevant papers, ref: Wiggins Francis Chantrey IOR/L/MIL/9/196/796-
In 1841 he listed in The East-
London Gazette, Dated 8th March,1856
Promoted to Captain
Francis Chantrey Wiggins.
There does not appear to have been a 70th Bombay Regiment, (see next column) so the second notice would seem to be correct, and he was a Captain in the 70th Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry which in 1861 became the 11th Bengal Native Infantry.
Hampshire Advertiser, Saturday 06 July 1861
On the 5th instant, in Oxford-
Morning Chronicle -
On the 5th inst., at Southamton, Captain Chantrey Wiggins, 70th Regiment Bengal Native Infantry, in the 39th year of his age.
But how did he die, and why was he buried in Hastings?