Captain Reginald Younghusband


Captain Younghusband was born in Bath on 16th Jan 1844, the son of Captain Thomas Younghusband of the East India Company and Pascoa Baretto. He was married to Evelyn Davies. He commanded C Company of the 1st Battalion 24th, which was one of the companies initially retained in the camp at Isandhlwana, but then pushed forward on the left of the line to cover the retirement of F and E Coys. Younghusband's men caused heavy casualties amongst the Nokenke regiment as they came charging down the spur. C Coy was at the north end of the mountain and was reputed to have been the last company of the 24th to die. They retired to the lower slopes and held off the Zulus until ammunition ran out. According to Zulu eye-witness accounts the last of these men made a desperate bayonet charge led by an officer whirling his sword above his head.


Regimental details | Soldiers at Isandhlwana




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by Stephen Luscombe