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Graveyard, Kabul.

Graveyard, Kabul.

Photographer: Bengal Sappers and Miners

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1879

Shelfmark: Photo 197/(26)

Item number: 26

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a graveyard in Kabul, taken by the Bengal Sappers and Miners, an engineering arm of the Indian Army in c. 1879 during the course of the Second Anglo-Afghan War. This print shows a general view of the walled European cemetery near the Sherpur Cantonment. The cemetery known locally as 'Gora Kabar', which literally means 'white graveyard', lies at the north-western corner of the Bimaru Heights, Kabul, Afghanistan. It contains the graves of those who lost their lives in and around Kabul during the military campaigns of 1839-42 and 1878-9; many others are remembered on memorials. The graves include that of Major John Cook, killed in action in 1879. Cook had earned the Victoria Cross, Britain's highest military decoration, seven months earlier.

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