1897 Maizar outrage - Eyewitness Accounts

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1897 Maizar outrage - Eyewitness Accounts

Postby Mark » 24 Jul 2014 18:50

I have not had too much luck tracking down much in the way of eyewitness accounts of the Tochi Field Force of 1897. However, I was wondering if members knew of any such accounts from those who were present during the so-called Maizar Outrage of 10 June of that year? I have the official account written by Mr H. Gee, the Tochi political officer who survived the attack, but are there any others that are known to exist?

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Re: Eyewitness Accounts | Maizar Outrage 1897

Postby jonc@adelaide.on.net » 24 Jul 2014 22:04

Does the dispatch on the incident count - see http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/26889/pages/4989. (Sorry link not working for me on smart phone, will try on computer later). Gee gets a mention but you can't help but wonder whether he was responsible for not reading the situation correctly before the attack.

Given that I think that all the British officers were either killed or wounded and it was only a small party the chances of another account seem slim. History of 1st Sikhs account is based on same dispatch.

Seems to me that the Indian officers essentially took over and conducted the fighting withdrawal. 18 IOMs and a promotion to 2nd class IOM shows high rate of gallantry recognition for relatively small party.

From memory, Frontier & Overseas Expeditions' account is third person rehash of dispatch.

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Re: Eyewitness Accounts | Maizar Outrage 1897

Postby Mark » 27 Jul 2014 10:04

Thanks for the link, Jonc! I believe Lieutenant A.J.M. Higginson was the only British officer to survive, other than Gee, although Lieutenant C.L. Seton-Browne was still alive for a time after the incident, he later died of his wounds. As such Gee's account may be the only one.

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The Maizar Outrage

Postby Mark » 15 Jan 2015 13:02

Now that I have finished writing my book (Napoleonic related not Victorian) my attention has switched back to the risings of 1897-8 on the North West Frontier. As part of this I am re-examining the so-called Maziar Outrage of 10 June 1897. The only primary source of information I have been able to find is the official report written by Mr Herbert Gee. Do members know of any other eye-witness accounts of the ambush and subsequent withdrawal from Maizar?

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Re: The Maizar Outrage

Postby Maureene » 20 Jan 2015 01:02

From
https://archive.org/details/risingsonnorthwe00alla
The risings on the north-west frontier; being a complete narrative, with specially prepared maps of the various risings of the frontier tribes in the Tochi Valley, the Swat Valley, the country of the Mohmands and Mamunds, and the country of the Afridis and Orakzai compiled from the War Correspondence of the Pioneer 1898 Archive.org

There is an account an page 4 by “one of the few survivors of the little party of Officers”
https://archive.org/stream/risingsonnor ... 4/mode/2up

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Re: The Maizar Outrage

Postby Mark » 20 Jan 2015 21:45

Thanks, Maureen! I have read Gee's account but not the other one :)

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Re: The Maizar Outrage

Postby jonc@adelaide.on.net » 09 Feb 2015 09:34

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A medal to someone who was there - 405 Sepoy Tika Khan 1st Sikh Infantry who received a gunshot wound on 10 June

The Malakand clasp is almost certainly a later addition as there seems no way the slightly wounded Tika Khan could have gotten the 350 miles by road and rail to Malakand by 26July/10 August - especially as his unit was not involved at Malakand. (I have several medals to men who were at Malakand)

I think it unlikely that 405 Tika Khan added the bar - he appears to have gone on to win an IOM in Mesopotamia after service in China (Relief of Pekin), Africa ((Shimber Beris 1914) and later Afghanistan. Subedars, whose medals listed in the army list, did not award themselves clasps!

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Re: The Maizar Outrage

Postby Mark » 09 Feb 2015 21:05

Nice medal, jonc! I have a similar one to a private in the Derbyshire Regiment for the Tirah campaign. The Malakand clasp seems fairly scarce on the market these days. I would love one to a defender of Chakdara!

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Re: The Maizar Outrage

Postby Mark » 23 Mar 2015 10:41

Maureene wrote:There is an account an page 4 by “one of the few survivors of the little party of Officers”
https://archive.org/stream/risingsonnor ... 4/mode/2up


Rather annoyingly, it does not say 'who' this survivor was.

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