The Gordons


Gordons and Gurkhas


This photo was taken after the battle of Dargai. It is a detail of a group photo of all the surviving corporals in the 1st Battalion together with the corporals (naiks) of the 1/2nd Gurkhas. There are 42 corporals and lance-corporals of the Gordons. After the Heights had been captured for the second time there was no question of the position being deserted so the 2nd Gurkhas and the Dorsets were ordered to remain on guard at Dargai in case there was any sign of the tribesmen returning. The Gordons volunteered to carry away the dead and wounded Gurkhas. This act of kindness, along with the joint effort in the actual assault cemented a bond between the two regiments that had already formed during the Afghan War of 1879-80 when they had served alongside each other at Kandahar.


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by Stephen Luscombe