Army of India Nedal 1799-1826, short hyphen, clasp "Nepaul" to 66th Foot (Berkshire Regiment)
Officially impressed to : Elijah Over, 66th Foot.
a few surface scuffs from handling,
otherwise Good Extremely Fine.
Roll confirms, with one typed page of muster rolls research.
Sold Baldwin’s May 1995.
The 66th Foot were sent to serve in India where, in 1815 the regiment was sent over to Nepal to fight in the Anglo-Nepalese War of 1814-16, against the forces of the Rajah of Nepaul. Following the war they struck a deal with Nepal, and began the long tradition of British & Gurkha co-operation.
The campaign was most difficult the 66th Foot were in the Second Brigade under Lt Col Nicol, 66th Foot, who were tasked with entering the hills at Ramnuggur, and by a cirtuitous route join Sir David Ochterlony before Muckwanpore.
Medals of the British Army and how they are won by Nick Carter summarises the harsh march:
“The troops, in marching towards their respective points for penetrating the forest opposite to the entrances of the passes they were ordered to force, had to proceed with extreme caution, and could move on but slowly, from the impediments, both natural and artificial. Objects of the strangest nature continually attracted attention. Magnificent trees, covered with fruit, of various unknown species; birds of rich plumage but discordant notes; bands of monkeys, chattering as the troops marched under the huge trees, in which the denizens of the forest had remained undisturbed for ages, excited the surprise of the soldiers. Great difficulty was also experienced in carrying the guns through the forest, which was accomplished by the personal exertions of each individual.”