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Egyptian and Sudanese Army - Egyptian 1882 infantry marching

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1 and 2. Painting of Lieutenant Wyatt Rawson, RN by Richard Caton-Woodville (1856-1927) at the battle of Tel el-Kebir, 1882. 

3. The new Egyptian Army 1882 figures sculpted by the superbly talented Andrew Stadden. The group includes infantry, cavalry, gunners and a Krupp 6Pdr Field gun. The latter two items are to be found in the Colonial Wars Artillery and Equipment section.  


I often wondered why a painting of a young naval officer hung on the wall of an Army Mess. I now know! This painting hangs in the Officers' Mess at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. It depicts Lieutenant Rawson, RN leading the charge of the Highland Brigade at Tel el-Kebir. The inscription accompanying the painting reads:

'On 12th September 1882, the British force moved forward into the desert. The Highland brigade was guided in its westward march by Lieutenant Wyatt Rawson, RN, who rode opposite the centre of the brigade, and kept his course by the stars. A faint paling of the sky showed dawn to be near; then the darkness was shattered by a torrent of fire from all along the Egyptian line of entrenchments. The bugles sounded the charge, and led by Rawson, the men hurried forward with bayonets fixed and guns blazing. Wyatt Rawson was the first to fall with a bullet through the lungs, and his dying words were (allegedly) ‘I led them straight, sir’. So quickly and successfully had the works been stormed that the Guards in the second line did not fire a shot. Arabi lost his camp, stores and guns and suffered heavy casualties. The next night, the British cavalry, after a forced march of about forty miles under the blazing sun, entered Cairo just in time to save the city from destruction and to capture Arabi himself.

As a result of his part in the action, Wyatt Rawson was posthumously promoted to the rank of Commander. He was just twenty-nine years old when he died.'

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