This detail from an Ackerman print by Martens shows the 31st wearing their red shell jackets and peaked forage caps. They have their grey folded greatcoats on their backs which would have been used to keep warm at night. The regiment was commanded by Lt-Colonel John Byrne who was severely wounded in this battle. He took command when the nominal CO, Samuel Bolton was put in charge of the brigade. In the event, Bolton died of wounds received at Mudki and was succeeded by Byrne in 1846. During the whole of this war only five of the regiment's officers came through without being wounded or killed.

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