De La Font, Captain Auguste
French Officer in Sikh Army
A Frenchman, who entered Maharaja Ranjit Singh's service in 1838. He was appointed an aide-de-camp to General Ventura. Later, he acted as a staff officer to Colonel C.M. Wade during his journey to Kabul. He took active part in the action at Fort Ali Masjid and was also helpful in maintaining peace between the Sikh contingent and Wade's "somewhat unruly" force. He left service in the Punjab in 1843 and returned to France. His younger brother (Christian name not known) also served in the Sikh army under Generals Avitabile and Ventura.