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Friday, December 18, 2015

Second British Attack Jaithok /Jaithak Fort

 Nepalese Anglo War with   Reference to Gurkha Rule over Uttarakhand & Himachal -88
History of Gorkha /Nepal Rule over Kumaun, Garhwal and Himachal (1790-1815) -204   
             History of Uttarakhand (Garhwal, Kumaon and Haridwar) -730
                                         By: Bhishma Kukreti (A History Student)

  Major Richards troop had to walk over 16 miles to the decided place. Richards troop reached at bottom of North hill at 8AM. From hill bottom the army had to go up hill. Richards ordered his troop for rest for two hours. When Richards troop reached at hill top (north Stage) they could not find any sign of Ludlow troop (South Stage). By then the Ludlow battalion escaped. The s Gurkha soldiers started playing drums (Dhol) around 1 PM. The Ranjor Thapa army started for attacking on British army led by Major Richards.  British soldiers fired guns on Gurkha soldiers, Gurkha soldiers were scattered and they hid below stones or bushes. Gurkha soldiers fired then and now. There was no shadow for Richards soldiers. At 4Pm, British  came to know that the bulls carrying guns, canons lost the ways and Gurkha soldiers looted the ammunition on bullocks by killing British soldiers. Richards wrote to Major General Martindell for soliciting the reinforce. However, Martindell was of opinion that without Ludlow, Richards soldiers could not win Gurkha and he did not send more troops and ammunition for Richards. Martindell ordered Richards for coming back.
 Before sun set, Gurkha soldiers attacked nine times on British troop. Every time British fired guns on Gurkha. Richards ordered soldiers for collecting stones.  By 7 PM, Richards army was at that place only. Gurkha could kill only around 20 -30 British army soldiers. There was no gun powder left with British army. Richards had to return to Nahan. It was decided to climb down to hill bottom from Hill through a narrow path (Gurbato).  It was necessary that a defense was also set up for the soldiers coming down from hill. Lieutenant Thacker and light infantry took responsibility to defend the army coming down to hill bottom. Young Thacker had 200 Indian soldiers, William Wilson, two European officers. British army soldiers started coming down on moon light. The soldiers under Thacker could defend from 1500 Gurkha soldiers for half an hour. Gurkha fired on Thacker and he died instantly. Wilson got injured and his one thigh was burst by Gun fire of Gurkha.  British army soldiers ran away from defensive position.  In that second British attack on Jaithok/Jaithak, there was loss of 76 solders, three officers and 306 soldiers were injured.
(From wittings of Fraser, Prinsep and Premble)
Copyright@ Bhishma Kukreti Mumbai, India, bckukreti@gmail.com 18/12//2015
History of Garhwal – Kumaon-Haridwar (Uttarakhand, India) to be continued… Part -731
*** 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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