Sepoys During the 1857 Indian MutinyPhotograph Courtesy of commons.wikimedia.org
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.