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Sepoys During the 1857 Indian Mutiny

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A native of India who was in the military service of a European nation. The term most commonly applies to Indians who were part of the British East India Company army (pre-1857) and members of the British Indian Army (1858-1947). In the British Indian Army the term sepoy also was a formal rank equivalent to private.

The rank sepoy is still used today in the armies of India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.

Pronunciation: see-poi
Also Known As: A sepoy who served in the cavalry was known as a sowar.
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