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The Battle of Maiwand

An Online Talk by Dan Allen

The impressive cast iron statue of a lion in Forbury Gardens, Reading has become one of the most iconic images of Reading. Built by George Blackall Simonds and unveiled in 1886 it commemorates those who died in the Battle of Maiwand. Yet few of us probably know much about the Battle and its tragic association with Berkshire.

In this talk, Dan Allen, of the Victorian Military Society, tells us about the events which led to the conflict, the battle itself and its local connections.


Pre-booking is required, because full joining instructions will be emailed in advance. Bookings close one day before the event.

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Image: The Maiwand Lion Tom Bastin CC-BY-20.

About Berkshire Family History Society

This talk is organised by Berkshire Family History Society, a registered charity number 283010.