Re-opening an old thread, I know, but it seems there may be new information available.
Mike Snook, in his posting, says he had no info on whether the Royal West Kents were in the zariba or the square at Abu Klea. Reading Mike's recent book of the campaign, the Appendix on the order of battle sets out that the zariba was manned by MICR B Company, 1 and 3 sections. The R West Kents were No 4 Section, so this would place them in the square. However, in the text of the book, the R West Kents are described as being in the zariba. Can anyone cast any light on which is correct?
As the other posts say, from a medal point of view, it makes no odds to me. My great grandfather was in the R West Kent, and was injured during the stroll around the walls of Metemmeh a few days after Abu Klea. Although Mike's book notes that there were no seperate casualty rolls for Abu Kru and Metemmeh, I can tell he was one of the six to eight men injured that day as it's noted on his discharge papers. His medals for the 1882 and 1884/5 campaigns, along with his 1914-18 special constable medal, were sold in December 2014 and if anyone reading has them and would care to sell them back to the family, please contact me direct.