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  • Name: James COLLIS
  • D.O.B: 19th Apr, 1856
  • D.O.A: 27th Jul, 1880
  • D.O.D: 28th Jun, 1918
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Gunner, Royal Horse Artillery
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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The Retreat from Maiwand, Afghanistan, 27 July 1880

27 July 1880

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After the British defeat at Maiwand, Afghanistan, on 27 July 1880 the survivors had to make their way back to Kandahar as best they could.


 For conspicuous bravery during the retreat from Maiwand to Kandahar, on the 28th July, 1880, when the Officer commanding the battery was endeavouring to bring on a limber, with wounded men, under a cross fire, in running forward and drawing the enemy’s fire on himself, thus taking off their attention from the limber. 

The London Gazette of 17 May 1881, Numb. 24973, p. 2553

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