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'The Battle of Abu-Klea, 1885'
William H. Peters
Tonight William Peters , who was in the 5th Royal Irish Lancers, is to tell the dramatic story of the Battle of Abu-Klea on January 17, 1885, in which he took part. His regiment was part of an expedition sent to Khartoum t6 relieve General Gordon, who was besieged there by the Mahdi. He will tell of forced marches, privation, and thirst, and of the eventual push from Korti when the news became desperate.
The hero of his story is Colonel
Fred Burnaby of ' The Blues ', who advanced mounted on a pony, his feet almost touching the ground, armed only with a sword. As they sighted Abu-Klea, flags fluttered and the enemy were seen on the walls and fired at. Skirmishers were sent out, but they had not advanced two hundred yards before ' a black cloud seemed to rise from the ground headed by sheiks mounted on horses '.
In the fierce battle that ensued, Colonel Burnaby was killed by an Arab.

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