The King's Royal Rifle Corps


Tamai


This is one of three paintings of the battle of Tamai by Godfrey Douglas Giles. It was commissioned by Lt Percy Marling's father and depicts the act of bravery performed by Lt Marling. On the right of the picture the British troops give covering fire as the wounded private is carried on Marling's horse. The horse is led by Rifleman Hunter, Marling can be seen, wearing khaki, holding a pistol. Private Clift of the Royal Sussex also helped in this rescue. The native Hadendowa, led by Osman Digna were referred to at the time as fuzzie-wuzzies, and can be seen on the left advancing menacingly. The man in the foreground is armed with a sword but some had long muskets. Lt Marling was the only one to be awarded the VC.


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by Stephen Luscombe