1800-1859 | Battlefield butchery | India | Prisoners murdered | Wounded killed

British officer – ‘I never saw such butchery and murder’

21 February 1849 On 21 February 1849, during the Second Anglo-Sikh War, British troops under the command of Lieutenant General Sir Hugh Gough gave no quarter to Sikh soldiers fleeing the battlefield of Gujrat. An officer of the Ninth Lancers recalled: ‘We overtook numbers of their infantry who were running for their lives – every…

1800-1859 | Battlefield butchery | Extrajudicial killings | India | Massacres | Wounded killed

12 JULY

VICTORIOUS BRITISH TROOPS TAKE NO PRISONERS [ 12 July 1857 ] On this day in 1857, hundreds of Indian mutineers, including many seriously wounded, were denied any possibility of surrender after loosing the battle of Fatehpur. They were shot or bayoneted by the victorious British redcoats under the command of Brigadier-General Sir Henry Havelock.  The…

1860-1899 | South Africa | Wounded killed

30 MARCH

BRITISH REDCOATS MASSACRE 500 WOUNDED ZULU WARRIORS [ 30 March 1879 ] On 30 March 1879, private John Snook of the 90th Perthshire Light Infantry, recalled that his company had ‘found (at Kambula Hill) about 500 wounded (Zulus), most of them mortally, and begging us for mercy’s sake not to kill them; but they got…