South Africa 1877-79,
Lot 71
South Africa 1877-79,
Sold for £6,480 (US$ 10,968) inc. premium
Lot Details
South Africa 1877-79,
one bar, 1877-8-9 (668. Gunr T.Harrison. N/5. R.A.). Almost mint. (1)

Footnotes

  • Gunner T.Harrison was killed in action at Isandhlwala on the 22nd January 1879.

    Confirmed on the roll.

    The gun detachment of N/5, with the limber gunners running behind, fought their way through the camp, losing fifty men in an attempt to save the guns. They paused on the Nek long enough to confer with Coghill about what hope there was making a stand, and decided it was futile. Major Smith, who was wounded, felt that his first duty was to save the guns. The rock-strewn slope behind the stony opje was near impossible for any wheeled conveyance; and the spectacle of the big guns in flight acted as an incitement to the warriors behind Isandhlwana. Slowed by the broken ground and by stragglers clinging to the traces, the teams were quickly overtaken. Drivers were pulled off ther horses and gunners from their seats. The unattended horses, crazed by noise and stab wounds, broke into a wild, headlong gallop that led them to their destruction over the edge of a boulder-strewn ravine. The only survivors were the two independently mounted Artillery officers. Gunners and stragglers were hacked to 'pieces'.

    From 'The Road to Isandhlwana' by Philip Gon.

    Sold with assorted research.
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