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'Aliwal, the property of Sir Harry Smith, Bart'

Lithograph by J Scott after Abraham Cooper, published by Joseph Rogerson, 24 Norfolk Street, London, 1847.

Aliwal (1837-1859) was the mount of Lieutenant-General Sir Harry Smith. The epitaph written by Sir Harry Smith for the gravestone of his horse Aliwal tells his story:

'Near this stone is buried Sir Harry Smith's celebrated Arab charger of the Purest Blood. "Aliwal". Sir Harry rode him in the battles of Maharajpore, Moodkee, Ferozeshahur [sic], Aliwal, and Sobraon. He was the only horse of the General Staff that was not killed or wounded. He came from Arabia to Calcutta, thence to Lahore; he had marched nearly all over India; came by ship to England, thence to the Cape of Good Hope and back to England. He was twenty-two years' old; never was sick during the eighteen years in Sir Harry's possession. As a charger, he was incomparable, gallant and docile; as a friend, he was affectionate and faithful.'

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NAM. 1959-08-129-1


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