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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.
The Last Stand of the 44th Foot at Gundermuck, 1842
oil on canvas
H 75.9 x W 122 cm
purchased by the officers of the 1st Battalion Essex Regiment 1911, 1939
Signed and dated