They were indeed and I know who the real-life model for the officer is. Not sure he'd want it broadcast, however, so shan't say!
Lieutenant Richard Chute, acting quartermaster, (though he was a line officer not a proper quartermaster), is said to have been one of the two officers in the last eleven. The other is Lieutenant Charles Hinde (31), adjutant of the Bombay Grenadiers. The others were unknown privates or JNCOs of the 66th.
The Colours were carried into action by 2 Lts Walter Olivey (Queen's) and Arthur Honywood (19) (Regimental). Colonel Galbraith was seen kneeling with the Queen's Colour, which I take to mean he was attempting to establish a rallying point. It was next seen in the care of 2Lt Harry Barr (19). Honywood was badly wounded in the legs but kept hold of the Regimental Colour until he was shot dead, crying out 'Men, what shall we do to save this.' The colour was then picked up by Lieutenant Maurice Rayner (23), the adjutant, but he was soon badly wounded and then killed, while Pte Michael Darby (also KIA), the battalion's bass drummer, was trying to assist or defend him. In the meantime Harry Barr and Sergeant Major Cuppage (I think his name might have been Alexander or I might have dreamt it) had both been killed attempting to get the Queen's Colour away. It is not my understanding that either of the Colours were flourished by the last eleven but who can say for sure. The colours are an indispensable part of 'British' last stand iconography (American too for that matter - think of all those Custer portrayals) and I would venture to propose that their inclusion shouldn't bother anybody unduly.
There's a 25,000 word chapter on Maiwand for them what's interested in my Into the Jaws of Death. The other good recourse for further reading is Col Leigh Maxwell's My God Maiwand but you'd have to pay a bit more for that and might struggle to get hold of it.
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