The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - Chapter III 'Detailed Report on the Naga Hills Expedition of 1878-80', Capt. P.J. Maitland

caption: casualty list
medium: reports
person: Maitland/ Capt. P.J.
date: 1880
person: India Office Library, London
refnum: IOR L/MIL/17/18/24
text: __________BRITISH_OFFICERS.
text: _General_Staff________..._Major_C._R._Cock,_Deputy_Assistant
_________________________Adjutant____General_____________... Mortally_wounded._(died_on_23rd).
text: _44th_Native_Infantry_..._Colonel_J._M._Nuttall,_C.B._____... Slightly_wounded.
_______Ditto__________..._Lieutenant_R._K._Ridgeway_______... Severely_wounded.
_______Ditto_________...__Lieutenant_H._H._Forbes_________... Severely_wounded._(since_dead).
text: __________NATIVE_OFFICERS.
text: _44th_Native_Infantry_..._Subadar_Major_Nurbir_Sai________... Killed.
_______Ditto_________...__Subadar_Mahaboola_Khan__________... Slightly_wounded.
_______Ditto_________...__Subadar_Rajman_Rai______________... Slightly_wounded.
text: __________RANK_AND_FILE.
text: _CORPS._________Killed.________WOUNDED._____________total.
text: _43rd_Native_Infantry_..._2___...___...______...______2
text: Lieutenant Colonel Johnstone's Manipur troops did not cooperate, owing ( the Brigadier General reports) to " sickness and other causes." About one hundred ( Number variously stated.) Kukies, however, sat all day on the top of a high hill watching the engagement; these men would no doubt have pursued the flying Nagas had the latter given them a chance. The Manipur gun coolies behaved excellently.
text: Brigadier General Nation, while acknowledging the gallantry displayed by all the officers, Native officers, and men engaged, specially mentioned Colonel Nuttall, C.B., who personally led all the assaults. He also recommended Lieutenant Ridgeway for the Victoria Cross, which well deserved decoration that officer has since obtained.
text: As soon as the retreat of the enemy was discovered, on the morning of the 23rd November, the remainder of the village was occupied. That day and the next, the head quarters and troops remained at Konoma, the men requiring some rest after their exertions. The work of destroying the enemy's entrenchments was also commenced.