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Hodson, William Stephen Raikes, son of an Archdeacon of Stafford, was born in 1821, and, joining the Indian army in 1845, went through the Sutlej campaign, and distinguished himself at Sobraon. As commandant of the Guides Corps he did excellent work in 1852-53 against the Black Mountain tribes and the Affridis. On the outbreak of the Mutiny he raised the corps known as Hodson's Irregular Horse, which took an active part in the operations before Delhi. He captured two of the young princes, whom he shot to prevent their rescue, an act which provoked considerable discussion. He was killed at the capture of Lucknow in 1858.