The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - 'Notes on the Wild Tribes Inhabiting the So-Called Naga Hills, on our North-East Frontier of India', by Col. R.G. Woodthorpe, 1881

caption: murder of Lt. Holcombe, 1875
medium: notes
person: Holcombe/ Lt.Badgley/ Capt.
ethnicgroup: MutaniaSermamenBorduariaNamsangia
person: Woodthorpe/ R.G.
date: 1881
refnum: given at a meeting of the Anthropological Institute, 1881
text: We now come to the tribes in the Jaipur district, including the men of Ninu, &c., who where concerned in the outrage on the Survey Party in February, 1875, when in the incredibly brief space of a couple of minutes, Lieutenant Holcombe and 80 men were most (76) treacherously murdered, and fifty-one others wounded, out of a total of 197 all told: the remainder of whom only escaped by the bravery and presence of mind of Captain Badgley, the Survey Officer, who, though severely wounded by cuts on both legs and arms, brought them safely away after a four days' march through the hills, carrying the wounded out with him. For this service I believe he has received not so much as even the thanks of the Government.