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  • Name: O'Moore CREAGH
  • D.O.B: 2nd Apr, 1848
  • D.O.A: 21st Apr, 1879
  • D.O.D: 9th Aug, 1923
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Captain, The Mharwara Battalion, Indian Army
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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Kam Dakka, Afghanistan 22 April 1879

22 April 1879

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THE SECOND AFGHAN WAR 1878-80 

Kam Dakka lies to the south of the Kabul river and seven miles north-east of Dakka, a post midway on the road between Jellalabad and Peshawar. When it was threatened by Mohmands gathering north of the river to attack the British lines of communication, Captain O’M Creagh, of the Mharwara Battalion, was sent from Dakka with a detachment to defend the village. However, the villagers, claiming this would only antagonize the Mohmands, refused to admit the British. The next morning, 22 April, the Mohmands crossed the river and by 9am Creagh, with only 187 men, was besieged in a cemetery for the next six hours. Help arrived just as Creagh’s ammunition was running out. Only three men were killed and 16 wounded. Two of his sepoys, Sepoy Gopa who charged the enemy and bayoneted their standard bearer, and Hospital Assistant Synd Noor Khan who attended the wounded under heavy fire, received the (Indian) Order of Merit.

Citation

 On the 21st April Captain Creagh was detached from Dakka with two Companies of his Battalionto protect the village of Kam Dakka on the Cabul River, against a threatened incursion of the Mohmunds, and reached that place the same night. On the following morning the detachment, 150 men, was attacked by the Mohmunds in overwhelming numbers, about 1,500; and theinhabitants of Kam Dakka having themselves taken part with the enemy, Captain Creagh found himself under the necessity of retiring from the village. He took up a position in a Cemetery not far off, which he made as defensible as circumstances would admit of, and this position he held against all the efforts of the enemy, repeatedly repulsing them with the bayonet until three o’clock in the afternoon, when he was relieved by a detachment sent for the purpose from Dakka. The enemy were then finally repulsed, and being charged by a troop of the 10th Bengal Lancers, under the command of Captain D. M. Strong, were routed and broken, and great numbers of them driven into the river. The Commander-in-Chief in India has expressed his opinion that but for the coolness, determination, and gallantry of the highest order, and the admirable conduct which Captain Creagh displayed on this occasion the detachment under his command would, in all probability, have been cut off and destroyed. 

The London Gazette of 18 November 1879, Numb. 24784, p. 6494)

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