Mark A. Reid wrote:I presume that your sword belonged to a member of one of the following units that participated in the Battle of Tel-el-Kebir;
A/1 Battery, D/1 Battery, I/2 Battery, N/2 Battery, H/1 Battery, C/3 Battery and J/3 Battery? All of these formed the Artillery Brigade under Brigadier W.H. Goodenough RA at the action while G/B Battery and N/A Battery were attached to the Cavalry Division. The very nature of the battle, a surprise attack after a night march, precluded any lengthy bombardment before the action so artillery participation was rather limited, with the notable exception of the Broken Wheel Battery who actually entered the Egyptian positions and " stole the headlines. " In total, 87 officers and about 2,400 OR's of the RA took part in the battle so there were certainly of gunners present.
I had a look through my books to see if there were any accounts of the action through a gunner's eyes but the best one seems to be With the Gunners at Tel-el-Kebir by Driver James Wickenden, RHA which is found in Told From The Ranks, Andrew Melrose, London, 1897.This is a collection of soldier's reminicences gathered by E.M. Small and is a real treat for Victorian military historians. As you would expect, Wickenden's account doesn't deal with Wolseley's strategy or the Brigade Fire Plan but it does provide a lively account of what is was like to fight in the battle as a member of G Battery, B Brigade RHA.
Mark A. Reid wrote:If you can't find a copy of the book, send me a private message with a postal address and I will send you a photo-copy of the chapter. Of course this may take a few weeks because Canada is in the grip of a postal strike at the moment ( snarl! )
marnie wrote:I see you have given information to another poster re a Book that a Driver had written about that Battery and I wonder if you know where I might be able to obtain a copy in Australia.
I live well away from the Major Capital Cities and I know you are overseas but thought you may have some ideas where I could find out more about this Brigade.
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