Captured Afghan Flags

The two outer flags or standards were captured at Ghazni on 23 July 1839 by a group of the 13th under Captain Wilkinson who were ordered to cut off the retreat of the enemy. They found a room at the top of some stairs where the chief, Mahomed Hyder Khan was found and captured, and the standards were seized by Sergeant Smith who was rewarded by being promoted to Colour-Sergeant. The large standard in the centre was captured by Armourer-Sergeant Henry Ulyett at Jellalabad on 7 April 1842. It was the personal standard of Akbar Khan. Ulyett took it from a cavalry soldier whom he killed in the process. The three flags were presented to Queen Victoria who presented them to the Royal Hospital Chelsea. But they returned them to the regiment in 1890.

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