EGYPT AND SUDAN 1882-9, UNDATED REVERSE, CLASP, EL-TEB ‘907 PTE A JOSS, 1/RL. HIGHRS’, KHEDIVES STAR 1884-6
Private Alexander Joss was Wounded in Action at the battle of El-Teb, the Black Watch suffering casualties of 3 Killed and 3 Officers/19 men wounded.
BATTLE OF EL-TEB 29TH FEBRUARY 1884.
‘At 11 A.M. the enemy were observed drawn up in position, covering the wells of El Teb, and parallel to the line of advance on Tokar, and about 11.15 A.M. their guns opened on the British square, which was in the act of marching past the enemy’s left flank at some six or seven hundred yards’ distance, with the object of turning his position. Though this fire rapidly took effect, the march was continued in silence until the square was opposite the enemy’s left flank, on which the attack was to be delivered, the original left side of the square being now the front. The British guns then opened, and about 11.45 A.M. the two-gun battery on which the enemy’s left rested was captured. A further change of direction converted the original rear of the square into its front, and thus the Black Watch and the York and Lancaster Regiment bore the brunt of the Arab charges. To the former fell the main attack on the right and centre of the enemy’s position, just where his chief strength lay, for it was protected by skilfullyconstructed
rifle-pits, defended by resolute men, ready to die rather than give way.
The struggle was a fierce one, nor were the pits carried until all their gallant defenders had been shot down. Many brave deeds were done, and for one such act of cool and daring courage, Lieut. Norman M’Leod was recommended by the Commanding Officer for the Victoria Cross. That night the regiment, with the rest of the force, bivouacked on the field of battle.’
The British casualties were 5 officers and 24 men killed and 17 officers and 142 men wounded. The Mahdists suffered around 2,500 killed and an unknown number of wounded.
Condition VF, naming a little weak around ‘907’ and ‘GHRS’, with copy casualty/medal rolls.
A scarce Black Watch casualty medal and one of 67 El-Teb clasps to the regiment.