Memorial in Canterbury


A memorial was sculpted and erected in the south aisle of Canterbury Cathedral, dedicated to the memory of those officers and men of the 13th Light Infantry who died in the First Afghan War. It was sculpted by Thomas Denmen (1787-1848). Two of the officers mentioned, Major Kershaw and Lieutenant Hobhouse were killed in the massacre of the column leaving Kabul in Jan 1842. The name of Captain William Alexander Sinclair appears as one of the officers who died after the 13th left Afghanistan. The regiment was under orders to return to England, sailing from Karachi to Bombay before the long haul around Africa. They were in Bombay from early Dec 1844 to late March 1845. During that time Captain Sinclair contracted Cholera and died within a few hours.


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by Stephen Luscombe