The Omdurman Gun

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Reference WMO/293269


The Royal Lancers & Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum

Thoresby Court Yard,

Thoresby Park Nr Perlethorpe,

NG22 9EP


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Status: On subsequent site(s)
Type: Freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Trophy/Relic
  • Metal Brass
Lettering: Other
  • Egypt and the Sudan (1882-1899)
About the memorial: The Omdurman Gun is a relic of the famous charge of the 21st Lancers at Omdurman in 1898.
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The Omdurman Gun / The Omdurman Gun, a brass seven-pounder rifled muzzle-loading / field gun, is a relic of the famous charge of the 21st Lancers at / Omdurman in 1898. / Made in 1881, the gun was originally taken up the Nile Valley by a / British Expeditionary Force commanded by General Hicks, / attempting to quell the dervish revolt led by El Mahdi. Hick's force / was defeated by the dervishes in a ferocious battle, and the gun - / one of a pair -was lost to the enemy. / The two guns were part of the dervish armoury in 1898 when the / British Force under Kitchener reconquered the Sudan, although / there is no evidence that they were actually used against the British. / After the charge of the 21st Lancers at Omdurman on 2 September / 1898, the guns were recaptured from the enemy by the regiment. / It was decided to bring both guns back to England, but the boat / carrying one of them sank in the Nile. / The remaining gun - known as the Omdurman Gun - / was for many years kept by the main gate of the regimental / barracks and fired annually on Omdurman Day.

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