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  • Name: George SELLAR
  • D.O.B: 1st Dec, 1850
  • D.O.A: 14th Dec, 1879
  • D.O.D: 1st Nov, 1889
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Lance Corporal, 72nd (Duke of Albany's Own Highlanders) Regiment of Foot
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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The Asmai Heights, Kabul, Afghanistan 14 December 1879

14 December 1879

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The Asmai Heights to the north-west of Kabul, Afghanistan, form part of that arc of high ground to the west of the city of which the Darwaza Heights form a continuation south of the Deh Mazang Gorge. Following the action at Takht-i-Shah, it became clear on 14 December 1879 that Mohammed Jan was now massing his forces on the Heights prior to attacking the British. Major General Roberts ordered Lieutenant Colonel Baker to attack them there and he succeeded temporarily in capturing the Heights before the pressure of Afghan numbers forced him to withdraw. In one small engagement Captain W J Vousden led a charge against a group of Kohistanis he encountered riding along the bank of the Kabul river. However the overall situation was clearly deteriorating and Roberts had no alternative but to withdraw all his forces to the protection offered by the Sherpur cantonment. On 23 December there was a sustained Afghan assault on the cantonment. Its failure allowed Roberts to reoccupy Kabul.


 For conspicuous gallantry displayed by him at the assault on the Asmai Heights, round Kabul, on the 14th December, 1879, in having in a marked manner led the attack, under a heavy fire, and, dashing on in front of the party up the slope, engaged in a desperate conflict with an Afghan who sprang out to meet him. In this encounter Lance-Corporal Sellar was severely wounded. 

The London Gazette of 18 October 1881, Numb. 25027, p. 5140)

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