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On 13 Sept 1882 in the Battle of Tel-al-Kebir in north-east Egypt, British forces soundly defeated the Egyptian army. Among the victors in British ranks was Privates Patrick Griffin from Menlough and James Meara from Portumna. Meara was a fine soldier who had been decorated already in New Zealand and who would be again decorated here, as would Griffin. Pictured right is a painting of the ‘Foot Guards at the Battle of Tel El Kebir’ by Richard Caton Woodville. Official British figures gave a total of 57 troops killed, against two thousand Egyptians. Indeed some reports suggested that the British army had suffered more casualties due to heatstroke than enemy action.


This Chronicle was created using information originally published in the South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society Newsletter No. 27.

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