The Last Stand of the 44th Foot at Gundermuck, 1842

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In 1841 the 44th was in Kabul where uprising endangered the garrison. Constantly attacked, without shelter or food, the force waded in deep snow through narrow passes for four days trying to reach Jellalabad.

As rear guard, a stand was made by 20 men at Gundamuck . Lieutenant Thomas Souter tore the Regimental Colour from its pike and wrapped it round his body. The Afghans saw the silk and thought it the waistcoat of a person of high rank suitable for ransom. Souter and Colour survived, but the Queen's Colour was lost.

Essex Regiment Museum



The Last Stand of the 44th Foot at Gundermuck, 1842




oil on canvas


H 75.9 x W 122 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased by the officers of the 1st Battalion Essex Regiment 1911, 1939

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Signed and dated


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