Indian Order of Merit,
Lot 418
Indian Order of Merit,
Sold for £7,050 (US$ 11,849) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Indian Order of Merit,
1837-1912, Second Class in silver and gold, engraved on reverse (Resdr Ahmed Khan 1st Sind Horse). Very fine. (1)


  • Resaldar Ahmed Khan 1st Sind (or Poona) Irregular Horse was advanced to the 2nd Class of the Order of Merit, in consideration of the conspicuous gallantry and devotion displayed by him on the 24th March 1843, in the action against Omeer Shere Muhamed Talpoor at Hyderabad in Sind.

    The occurence took place in the closing scene of the action when the Poona Horse, threatened by a large body of the enemy's horse, charged well home; but in the 'melee' Captain Tait, the Commanding Officer, received a sabre cut on his sword arm by which he was rendered defenceless and at the mercy of his antagonist. A short moment would have terminated his career, for the uplifted sword had well high come down to its destination, when, always in the right place where the action was thickest, the gallant soldier Ahmed Khan, received and parried the deadly blow, and rescued his commander by plunging his sword through the baluchi. This Indian officer also saved the life of Lieutenant Lock in Sind in 1843.
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