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Piper George Findlater (1872–1942), Gordon Highlanders, Winning the Victoria Cross at Dargai, 1897

Photo credit: National Army Museum

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The Heights of Dargai form a strategic position in the Khyber Pass into Afghanistan, on India’s North-West Frontier. The pass was a focus of repeated conflict between the British and the local Afridi tribesmen. One such conflict came in 1897 when the Afridi rebelled after a period of truce and the British dispatched the Tirah Expeditionary Force to re-secure the pass. During the fierce attack by British Infantry and Gurkhas on the 20 October, the Gordon Highlanders earned two Victoria Crosses.

National Army Museum





oil on canvas


H 91.4 x W 152.4 cm

Accession number

NAM. 1957-04-3

Acquisition method

gift from Miss Cicely Hale, 1957

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