The rare casualty Egypt and Sudan Medal 1882-1889, undated reverse, 2 Clasps: The Nile 1884-85, Abu Klea, awarded to Sergeant J. Heverin, 5th (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) Regiment of Dragoon Guards, who saw service in the Sudan during the Nile ...

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The rare casualty Egypt and Sudan Medal 1882-1889, undated reverse, 2 Clasps: The Nile 1884-85, Abu Klea, awarded to Sergeant J. Heverin, 5th (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) Regiment of Dragoon Guards, who saw service in the Sudan during the Nile Expedition in the attempt to relieve General Gordon at Khartoum, being confirmed as killed in action at the Battle of Abu Klea on 17th January 1885 when he formed part of the Heavy Regiment of the Camel Corps. In all 32 men of the 5th Dragoon Guards formed a part of the Heavy Regiment and were present at Abu Klea, when one officer and 10 men were killed.

Egypt and Sudan Medal 1882-1889, undated reverse, 2 Clasps: The Nile 1884-85, Abu Klea; (1952. SERGT. J. HEVERIN. 5TH. DGN. GDS.)

Condition: Nearly Extremely Fine.

Awarded to Sergeant (No.1952) J. Heverin, 5th (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) Regiment of Dragoon Guards, saw service in the Sudan during the Nile Expedition in the attempt to relieve General Gordon at Khartoum, being confirmed as killed in action at the Battle of Abu Klea on 17th January 1885 when he formed part of the Heavy Regiment of the Camel Corps. In all 32 men of the 5th Dragoon Guards formed a part of the Heavy Regiment and were present at Abu Klea.

Sir Garnet Wolseley's expedition to Khartoum to rescue General Gordon from the Madhi's army comprised the Nile River boat column, and the Camel Corps which was to make the trip across the desert from Korti while the boats followed the Nile northeast for 300 kilometres before turning south. The Camel Corps consisted of 4 regiments: The Guards Camel Regiment, the Heavy Camel Regiment, the Light Camel Regiment, and the Mounted Infantry Camel Regiment. The Heavy Camel regiment was to have 43 men and two officers from each of the following cavalry regiments: 1st and 2nd Life Guards, the Blues, 2nd DG, 4th DG, 5th DG, 1st Royals, 2nd Scots Greys, 5th Lancers, and 16th Lancers. There were 24 officers and 376 men in the regiment under the command of Lt-Colonel R A J Talbot of the 1st Life Guards. They were in effect mounted infantry as they were not intended to fight as mounted troops.

The column halted at the wells of Abu Klea and were threatened by a large force of Madhists. They were sniped at all night and the next day formed a defensive square with the camels kept inside. They were attacked, and the Heavy Camel Regiment were ordered by Colonel Frederick Burnaby to exit the square to support the Gardner Gun operated by the Naval Brigade. The weight of the attack by the dervishes forced the gun crew back when the gun jammed and several casualties were suffered. In this action 9 British officers were killed, including Major Walter Hyde Atherton of the 5th DG along with 10 men of the regiment. The enemy were driven off and the column continued to Khartoum where they found they were too late to save Gordon.

Heverin is confirmed as one of the 10 men of his regiment to be killed in action at the Battle of Abu Klea on 17th January 1885.