'Drummer James Roddick hand-to-hand fighting in Kandahar', 1880

William Skeoch Cumming

'Drummer James Roddick  hand-to-hand fighting in Kandahar', 1880
2 9 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

'Drummer James Roddick of the 92nd Gordon Highlanders, defending Lieutenant Menzies during hand-to-hand fighting in Kandahar', 1880.

Watercolour by William Skeoch Cumming, 1894.

The 92nd (Gordon Highlanders) Regiment of Foot took part in Roberts' attack on the Sirdar Ayub Khan's army. Ayub had withdrawn from the immediate vicinity of Kandahar, so Roberts' troops had to fight their way through a series of gardens, enclosures and small villages. When the wounded Menzies asked Roddick not to leave, the Drummer replied: 'You're all right, sir, as long as this blade lasts'. Roddick was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal.

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