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In 1841 the 44th was in Kabul where uprising endangered the garrison. Constantly attacked, without shelter or food, the force waded in deep snow through narrow passes for four days trying to reach Jellalabad. As rear guard, a stand was made by 20 men at Gundamuck . Lieutenant Thomas Souter tore the Regimental Colour from its pike and wrapped it round his body. The Afghans saw the silk and thought it the waistcoat of a person of high rank suitable for ransom.
oil on canvas
H 75.9 x W 122 cm
purchased by the officers of the 1st Battalion Essex Regiment 1911, 1939
Signed and dated