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SOMALILAND 1898-1920

From 1899 onwards, the Dervishes sought to unite Somaliland into a single entity under Mahammad Abdille Hasan. A war against both the Ethiopians & British resulted in the loss of nearly a third of the population of Northern Somaliland. The war lingered on until 1920 when the British destroyed the dervish Capital by aerial bombing.

 

HUGH BARROW ROWLANDS

Captain King's African Rifles

wounded at Daratoleh, 22nd April 1902,

 died of his wounds at Bohotle.17 June 1902 Aged 32

Highfield 1884.1 - 87.3 Son of General Sir H. Rowlands VC KCB Caenarvon Born 22 January 1870. RMC18888, Suffolk Regiment 1889, Captain 1898 Ashanti War 1900

VICTORIA CROSS

 

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During this campaign the Victoria Cross was awarded to:-

 WILLIAM GEORGE WALKER VC CB

Colvin 1876 - 1881

Captain Indian Army serving with Bohottle Flying Column

During the return of Major Gough's column to Donop on 22 April 1903, after the action at Daratoleh, the rearguard got considerably in the rear of the column, owing to the thick bush, and to having to hold their ground while wounded men were placed on camels. At this time Captain Bruce was shot through the body from a distance of about twenty yards, and fell on the path unable to move. Captains Walker and Rolland, two men of the 2nd Battalion King's African Rifles, one Sikh, and one Somali of the Camel Corps were with him when he fell. In the meantime the column. being unaware of what had happened, were getting farther away. Captain Rolland then ran back some 500 yards, and returned with assistance to bring off Captain Bruce, while Captain Walker and the men remained with that officer; endeavouring to keep off the enemy, who were all round in the thick bush. This they succeeded in doing though not before Captain Bruce was hit a second time, and the Sikh wounded. But for the gallant conduct displayed by these officers and men, Captain Bruce must have fallen into the hands of the enemy.

Ultimately he became a Major General commanding the 2nd Division in 1916. He was Mentioned in Dispatches serving throughout the Great War. He retired in 1919 and died 16 February 1936.

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