HM 24th did not lose both their colours at Chillianwallah. One of the colours carried in the battle is laid up in Brecon Cathedral to this day. The other could not be found amidst the carnage (500 casualties in the 24th alone), as the attack was made against a belt of jungle/forest/difficult ground, but was believed to have been buried in a mass grave with the body of a private soldier who was reported as having wrapped one of the colours around his waist beneath his coatee. In any event it did not fall into the hands of the enemy.
Dr Mike Snook MBE psc