On such a similar instance, on 31st March 1849, Lord Dalhousie created a Board of Control or Administration for Punjab. Its membership consisted of Henry Lawrence (1806-1857), its President, John Lawrence (1811-1879) and Charles G. Mansel (1806-1886), as members. From April 1849 onward, the Lawrence school of district officers took shape and was to include seventy-four covenanted and commissioned officers assigned to administrative duty in Punjab. Significant future leaders emerging from the body included: Robert Montgomery (1809-1887), Herbert B. Edwardes (1819-1869), John Nicholson (1821-1857), Robert C. Napier (1810-1890), William S. R. Hodson (1821-1858), Alex Taylor (1826-1912) and Neville Chamberlain (1820-1902).
In 1849, from the spoils of the Sikh Army, the Company's Court of Directors authorised the raising of Sikh regiments. When combined with the Corps of Guides, the Punjab force numbered to a whopping approximate of 11,000.
On 1st October 1849, John Lawrence arrested a group of powerful Sardars in Atari, who had broken their terms of clemency following the Second Sikh War. It was later discovered that this action nipped in the bud a call for widespread resistance to the British and cut off the potential for a 3rd Sikh War.
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