British Casualties in Sudan, El Teb 1884?

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British Casualties in Sudan, El Teb 1884?

Postby cdsearcher » 15 Nov 2012 22:51

Does anyone know if there was ever any sort of marker(s) for the graves of the soldiers killed at the Battle of El Teb 29 February 1884? I am guessing no, since it was/is such an isolated place. Pehaps someone did something after the reconquest of the Sudan?
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Re: British Casualties in Sudan, El Teb 1884?

Postby Mark A. Reid » 17 Nov 2012 20:57

Hello cdsearcher;

I note that this is your first post so will take the opportunity to welcome you to the Forum, I have no doubt that you will enjoy it too.

You raise a good question and I'll admit right away that I can't answer it. However, I can comment on the fate of British fatalities from the Battle of Tamaai only two weeks later. The Graphic, the illustrated paper, of 5 April, 1884, page 329, depicts a convoy of the Egyptian Camel Corps returning to Suakin with the British dead carried on their mounts. The Egyptian Camel Corps was a combatant unit but may have been given this grisly task in order to relieve their British allies from such a sad duty. I would suspect that the dead from both actions, El-Teb and Tamaai, were probably returned to Suakin so that their remains could be given a proper burial in consecrated ground. Another thread on this Forum deals with the various cemeteries around Suakin and I feel sure that the surviving comrades of the fallen would have ensured that proper monuments would have been erected over their graves.

Having said that, I know that in the 20th century a number of men were removed from Suakin cemeteries and re-interred in Khartoum War Cemetery where their graves could be better maintained than at the largely abandoned town of Suakin. I look forward to seeing what other might have to say on the matter.

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Re: British Casualties in Sudan, El Teb 1884?

Postby mike snook » 30 Mar 2013 00:22

Been there and the answer is no. Nothing.

In Khartoum there are some reburials from the 2nd Suakin Campaign and also from Wady Halfa.

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Re: British Casualties in Sudan, El Teb 1884?

Postby mike snook » 30 Mar 2013 00:32

P.S Last to be the only white man in Tokar is a cissy.

Phew.

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