Sepoy of the Indian Infantry, circa 1900
A sepoy was an Indian footsoldier (of whatever religion) in the East India Company army or the British Indian Army. The term comes from the Persian language "Sipahi".
In the modern Indian Army, Pakistan Army, Bangladesh Army and Nepalese Army, it is still used for the rank of private soldier.
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A Mughal sepoy, under the command of Mirza Najaf Khan.
The Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb leads his final expedition (1705).
A painting showing a sowar (cavalry equivalent of sepoy), 6th Madras Light Cavalry of British India. Circa 1845.
An early 20th century sepoy in the British Indian Army