'Addigraht Church', Abyssinia, 1868
Photograph, Abyssinia, 1868.
The primary objective of the expedition to Abyssinia (1867-1868) was to secure the release of British hostages held by Emperor Tewodros II (or King Theodore) of Abyssinia. The expeditionary force advanced over 600 km of difficult country to the capital, Magdala, near to which the decisive action was fought. Addigraht, or Addigerat, was on the route to Magdala.
An Army photographic team, attached to the 10th Company, Royal Engineers, led by Sergeant John Harrold, accompanied the British force that took the Abyssinian fortress of Magdala in April 1868.
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National Army Museum, London
National Army Museum, Study collection