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McMurdo was commissioned in the 8th (The King’s) Regiment of Foot in 1837. In 1841 he became lieutenant in the 22nd (The Cheshire Regiment) Foot and accompanied the regiment to India. There he served under Sir Charles Napier in Sindh, taking part in the battles of Meeanee and Hyderabad (1843). In 1844 he married Napier's daughter and three years later was appointed his aide-de-camp. During the Crimean War (1854–1856) McMurdo was appointed Director-General of the newly formed Land Transport Corps and commanded the Grand Crimean Central Railway that ran from Balaklava to Sebastopol.
oil on canvas
H 158 x W 122 cm
bequeathed by Miss F. G. Doughty, 1972