Khalanga, Nalapani Campaign -18
Anglo Nepalese War with Reference to Gurkha Rule over Uttarakhand & Himachal -68
History of Gorkha /Nepal Rule over Kumaun, Garhwal and Himachal (1790-1815) -187
History of Uttarakhand (Garhwal, Kumaon and Haridwar) -710
When a British army soldier informed that he saw a small door at north –west of Garhi (fortress) , three companies of Gillespie and Ludlow with a 6 Pound Canon marched to that place. Due to smoke around huts Gorkha soldiers did not see the British force. The door was open. There was a wall behind the door. There was a Jijal Canon kept on the wall its mouth opening outside. Lieutenant Canady fired the 6 Pound Canon. It destroyed the Jijli Canon. Gillespie ordered 53 Company soldiers led by Ludlow for attacking. Suddenly there was attack of canons from Door. Due to Gun fire, 7 British soldiers were killed. The body parts of dead soldiers fell here and there. British soldiers went backwards. Gorkha soldiers, men, women and children attacked from Garhwali on British soldiers with arrow, pears, stones. A stone injured Ludlow thigh. Gorkha soldiers took the opportunity and came towards British Canon. Gorkha destroyed the Canon.
Ludlow collected soldiers and marched towards door. Only four soldiers came with Ludlow. He asked them for entering the door. All four (Indians in British Army) refused entering into door as they hated Gillespie very much. Gillespie with a pistol marched ahead by inspiring the solders. Gorkha fired Gun on Gillespie and a bullet struck on chest of Gillespie. Gillespie fell down. Same time, Lieutenant O’ Hara and Captain Voirce were also killed.
It was quarter past eleven. Captain John Campbell was waiting for signal at Ashtalgaon. When signal did not reach to him he marched towards Garhi. He reached Tharapani. Gillespie was already killed by that time. Ludlow was ordering soldiers to return back from the site. Due to Campbell British army was able to get back Canon. British army came down from Tharapani hill top.
Colonel Mawby took the charge after death of Gillespie. Mawby decided not to attack on Nalapni or Khalanga till he got Bigger Canons.
Gurkha commander Balbhadra accepted that British could take the dead and injured soldiers. However, Gurkha cut dead bodies into pices and made them naked.
Among European officers, one general and 4 officers were killed and 18 were injured those died later on. Among non commissioned officers, 30 were killed and 213 were injured. Among dismounted soldiers, half of the soldiers were killed or injured. In total, 31 officers were killed and 750 were injured.
Gillespie was responsible for the defeat and his death. He could wait a few hours to get all army soldiers for surrounding the Garhi. In haste he attacked Garhi and was killed. His body was taken to Meerut and buried with full army honor.
Mawrby came back to Khurbura with soldiers.
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History of Garhwal – Kumaon-Haridwar (Uttarakhand, India) to be continued… Part -711
*** History of Gorkha/Gurkha /Nepal Rule over Kumaun, Garhwal and Himachal (1790-1815) to be continued in next chapter
(The History of Garhwal, Kumaon, Haridwar write up is aimed for general readers)
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