Abyssinian War Medal 1869. Named to 958 W Carden 1st Battn. 4th The K. O. R. REGT.
The King’s Own Royal Regiment.
The 1st battalion were sent to Abyssinia as part of Lord Napier’s expedition to rescue 50 terrified European prisoners from King Theodore III, the crazed ‘King of Kings’. The 4th took part in the capture of Magdala and set fire to Theodore’s fort. It was an arduous campaign.
Theodore’s drum was taken from his palace, cut into three parts and the lower third allocated to the King’s Own. This is still in the officer’s Mess of the 1st battalion Royal Lancasters.
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