Aliwal


This well known print of the 16th Lancers at Aliwal by H Martens contrasts with the picture of Lancers killing a Sikh. The regiment charges in two neat ranks with the men in pristine order wearing their distinctive scarlet coatees and showing no signs of hardship from the grueling march to the battlefield. This picture conveys little of the frantic cutting and stabbing described by Trooper Pearman who witnessed the cavalry charge. The losses sustained by the 16th amounted to 88 officers and men killed, and 53 wounded. Aliwal is the regiment's most prestigious battle honour.


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by Stephen Luscombe