On 30th July, 1868 the Black Mountain tribes attacked a police post at Aghi, which had been established to curb the lawless behaviour in the area. It was reinforced by Lieutenant-Colonel Rothney and the 5th Gurkhas. The local Khan of Amb aided the British Indian forces but it was decided that additional troops would be needed to carry out a punitive raid on the offending tribesmen.
Troops were called up from the interior of India in order to ensure that the frontier forces were not depleted too heavily - some of the troops marched 600 miles in just 29 days. Two Brigades were formed under Brigadier General Wilde. From the 3rd to the 22nd of October, this force criss-crossed the Black Mountain area and became involved in some small scale skirmishing and destruction of villages.
The photos below were kindly donated by Bruce Anderson. They were taken by a photographer called W. L. Canney who accompanied the expedition.
|11th Hussars Band||Mountain Artillery|
|Indian Support||Camp Scene|
|River Crossing||River Crossing|