Lot 714: Egypt Campaign. Egypt 1882-89, no clasp, dated (Capt: J. Reeves. 2/D of C.L.I.), Khedives Star 1882, extremely fine, mounted for wearing, in a fine fitted leather case with dress miniature awards and miniature watercolour portrait of the recipient. Captain John Reeves, born 1844, Ensign 1868, advanced Captain in the D.C.L.I. 1877, served during the Egypt Campaign, a newspaper article on 17 October 1882 reports a fight at Kassassin and the reconnaissance at Tel-el-Keber on the 20 August the enemy attacked the British position at Kassassin with great bravery. Towards nightfall a brilliant cavalry charge was made by the Life Guards and the 7th Dragoon Guards, led by Colonel Sir Baker Russell of the 13th Hussars. They sabred the Egyptian gunners and routed the enemy, who fled in wild confusion leaving their unsupported guns in British hands. No prisoners were taken, Arabi Pasha himself was present at the attack. Killed: Surgeon-Major Shaw and six marines and gunners, wounded: Major James Fitz Eustace Forster, Captain John Reeves and Lieutenant George Glencairn Cunningham of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, in total 7 British killed and 61 wounded. Private Harris (who served with the Mounted Infantry) received a Victoria Cross for this action. (2)
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