Major General Sir Robert H Sale, GCB, 1845 (c)

G Clint, Thomas Lupton

Major General Sir Robert H Sale, GCB, 1845 (c)
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Major General Sir Robert H Sale, GCB, 1845 (c).

Mezzotint by G Clint after Thomas Lupton, 1845 (c), published by Thomas Lupton and J S Welch, 1 October 1845.

At the start of the 1st Afghan War (1839-1842), Brevet-Colonel Sale commanded the 1st Bengal Brigade during the advance on Kandahar. He then took part in the march to Kabul and led one of the storming columns at Ghazni in July 1839. For his services Sale was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) and received the local rank of major-general. In late 1841 Sale's brigade was sent back to India; but it encountered such hostility from the Ghilzai tribesmen of the Khoord-Kabul Pass, whose subsidies had been cut, that it had to seek refuge at Jellalabad fort on 12 November 1841.Sale was promoted to Knight Grand Cross (GCB) and to mark his heroic leadership during the siege of Jellalabad salutes were fired at every cantonment in India. Sale then accompanied Pollock to Kabul where he rescued Lady Sale and their daughter in person after advancing into hostile territory at the head of a cavalry detachment. Sale later received the thanks of parliament. Despite his reputation as a ferocious disciplinarian, Sale was very popular with his men as he invariably led from the front, often engaging in single combat with the enemy during battles in Burma and Afghanistan. This earned him the nickname 'Fighting Bob'. In 1845, as quartermaster-general to General Sir Hugh Gough's army, he took part in the 1st Sikh War (1845-1846) and was killed in action at Moodkee on 21 December 1845.

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NAM. 1963-07-6-1-1

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