'3d Goorkhas 59th The battle of Ahmed Kheyl [sic]'
Sepia photograph from the disbound album by Lieutenant John Frederick Irwin, 59th (2nd Nottinghamshire) Regiment. Military career and life from RMC Sandhurst 1866 to the 2nd Afghan War (1878-1880).
The Battle of Ahmed Khel was fought on 19 April 1880 and took place during Lieutenant-General Sir Donald Stewart's march from Kandahar to Ghazni, then on to Kabul. After a desperate fight, in which the 3rd Gurkhas distinguished themselves, the battle ended in a British victory. Irwin's unit, the 59th Regiment, fought alongside the 3rd Gurkhas at Ahmed Khel as part of Brigadier-General Hughes' 2nd Brigade. British and Indian casualties were 115. Afghan casualties were estimated to be around 3,000.
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