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ABYSSINIA 1867 TO AN OFFICER IN THE 33RD FOOT WHO BACK KING THEODORE’S FAVOURITE HORSE FROM THE STORMING OF MAGDALA, BROUGHT!

ABYSSINIA 1867 ‘LIEUT. & ADJT. E. S. WASON 33RD D.W. REGT.’

Edwin Sandys Wason was commissioned Ensign in the 33rd Regiment on 12 June 1860, and promoted to Lieutenant on 26 February 1864 and to Captain on 15 September 1869. He served in the Abyssinian campaign in 1867 as Adjutant of the 33rd Regiment (Medal). He was later Adjutant of the West Yorkshire Militia.

On the return of the 33rd to England, it was reported that;
‘In the waist of the ship about a dozen horses, and here, among the others was a small quiet chestnut horse, not more than 13 hands high, and said to be the favourite charger of Theodorus (The King). This horse was captured by some men of the 33rd, who after wards sold it to Adjutant Edwin Sandys Wason, who, has, it is said, since been offered the fabulous sum of 1000 guineas for it.’

Details of the regiment’s participation in the campaign, in which they took a leading part in the storming of Magdala and for which two VC’s were awarded to men of the regiment, can be found here: http://www.dwr.org.uk/history/regimental-battle-honours/abysinnia-1867-68/

Condition VF; suspension re-affixed (soldered).

Code J2539         Price £