"Walter Richard Pollock Hamilton"

Statue of Walter Hamilton
Public DomainStatue of Walter Hamilton - Credit: Tagishsimon
Walter Hamilton, one of the main characters in The Far Pavilions, was a real historical figure.  Hamilton, who was born in Ireland in 1856, was a lieutenant in the Corps of Guides, a regiment of the British Indian Army.  He was awarded the Victoria Cross during the Second Afghan War.

Hamilton was killed at the British Residency in Kabul in 1879.