The Charge of the 21st Lancers at Omdurman, 2 September 1898

Major John Edward Chapman Mathews

The Charge of the 21st Lancers at Omdurman, 2 September 1898
2 6 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 18cm

The Charge of the 21st Lancers at Omdurman, 2 September 1898.

Oil on canvas by Major John Edward Chapman Mathews, 1899.

During the Battle of Omdurman the 21st Lancers charged what they thought was a small group of Dervishes blocking the British Army’s route to the settlement. In fact, thousands of Sudanese warriors lay hidden in a depression in the desert. The Lancers had to ride straight through and after a fierce clash, drove them back. During the engagement three Victoria Crosses were won. The 21st lancers lost five officers and 65 men. Winston Churchill was one of the officers who survived the charge.

Image Details

Negative No.
 
92000
Accession No.
 
NAM. 2000-06-184-1

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