Biographies of Fallen British Officers, Afghan War
Records: 554 · Complete: 100%
In November 1875, Lord Lytton was appointed governor-general of India. His primary concern was India’s relations with Afghanistan. Russian influence was growing in Afghanistan and Lytton was charged with counteracting that influence. When Lytton tried to pay a visit to Kabul, he was refused permission to enter Afghanistan. In November 1878, Lytton led a British invasion of Afghanistan in the Second Anglo-Afghan War. The British emerged victorious and the war ended in 1880. This collection contains biographies of casualties during that war. Most of the deaths were combat related, but some were from disease or other causes. The collection is organized alphabetically with a concluding section of biographies for 13 men awarded the Victoria Cross.