The New Student's Reference Work/Lawrence, Sir Henry Montgomery
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Lawrence, Sir Henry Montgomery
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Lawrence, Sir Henry Montgomery, was born in Ceylon, June 28, 1806, and joined the Bengal artillery in 1823, taking part in many wars. In March, 1857, he was placed in charge at Lucknow, and when mutiny broke out he realized that it would spread over the whole of India, and consequently made great preparations. Thanks to his foresight the small garrison held out for four months, although Sir Henry was himself wounded by a shell on July 2, and died two days later. Lawrence was not only a soldier and statesman, but a philanthropist, having been the founder of the Lawrence Military Asylums at Punjab, Rajputana and Madras, to which he devoted his entire income.