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'The late Afghan War; death of Major Wigram Battye in the Battle of Futtehabad', 1879

Wood engraving by W I Mosses after Richard Caton Woodville. Published by the 'Illustrated London News', 16 August 1879.

During the 2nd Afghan War (1878-1880) Major Battye (1842-1879) was serving with the Queen's Own Corps of Guides, Punjab Frontier Force. On 2 April 1879 he was part of a force led by Brigadier General Gough sent to disperse a hostile tribal gathering at the village of Khuja to the south of Futtehabad (or Fatehbad).

During the subsequent battle, Battye was shot in the chest and thigh while charging Kugiani tribesmen. His orderly reported; 'I called to Wigram, "You are wounded; you had better stop." Wigram said "Keep quiet", charged, and killed four men before he was killed'.

NAM Accession Number

NAM. 1973-01-73-1

Copyright/Ownership

National Army Museum Copyright

Location

National Army Museum, Study collection

Object URL

https://collection.nam.ac.uk/detail.php?acc=1973-01-73-1