Lot Archive


№ 545


27 September 1994

Hammer Price:

A scarce I.O.M. pair awarded to Naick Yusuf Khan, 27th Bombay Infantry, for gallantry in Uganda

INDIAN ORDER OF MERIT, 3rd class, Reward of Valor, silver and enamel; EAST AND CENTRAL AFRICA 1897-99, 1 clasp, Uganda 1897-98 (Naick, 27th Bo. Lt. Infy.) nearly very fine (2)

l.O.M., G.G.O. 277 of 1900, 'The undermentioned officers and men of the 27th Bombay Light Infantry are admitted to the 3rd class in recognition of the gallantry and devotion displayed by them in action with an overwhelming force of Sudanese mutineers and other rebels near Kitabu, Unyoro, on the 9th and 10th October 1898, on which occasion they formed the rear and baggage guards of a detachment under the command of Lt. J.A. Hanyngton:

2627 Naik Yusuf Khan - the list contains the names of sixteen additional recipients together with one posthumous award.

'Naik Yusuf Khan, in charge of the rear-guard to save the ammunition from falling into the hands of the enemy, opened the boxes and distributed the cartridges to his men, under a heavy fire. Five times the Nubians and Waganda charged this heroic little band, who charged the enemy and then retreated on the Kirabu stockade which they held until the enemy retired when they continued their retreat fourteen miles to Kisalizi, with ten out of seventeen wounded.'