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THE NILE ADVANCE.

HOW ABU HAMED WAS CAPTURED,

GALLANTRY OF THE TROOPS,

Later particulars of the fighting which resulted in the capture of Abu Hamed a few days ago are now to hand. An Assouan telegram says that the subjoined despatch was sent by the Sirdar to the JPress correspondents on their way to the front. General Hunter attacked at dawn on the 7th in line, the 11th Regiment being on the right, then the 3rd, then the 9th, then the 10th, with the gun 9 between the 11th. The column first carried the high ground overlooking the village. The houses were held by a force of a thousand Dervishes, of which 150 were horsemen and 500 riflemen. An advance was then made on the village, and a stubborn house-to-house fight followed. In several instances the artillery were obliged to advance before it was possible to carrv the position. • _ ": BRITISH LOSSES. The heaviest loss was among the 10th Regiment, who, besides two British officers, lost fourteen killed arid thirty-four wounded, out of a total of twenty-one killed and sixtyone wounded of the whole force. Major Sidney fell mortally wounded while leading his men, and died five minutes later. Lieutenant FitzClarenoe was also shot at' the same time through the heart. Three Egyptian officers received gunshot wounds of a severe nature. THE CONDUCT OF THE TROOrS.

, General Hunter describes the conduct of thetroops as in every way excellent. They showed great steadiness and dash throughout the attack. The village of Abu Hamed is a network of houses crowded together and separated only by twisting, narrow alleys. Most of the fighting was at the point of the bayonet, the Dervishes repeatedly charging in the narrow lanes and streets. When the' Dervish horsemen had lost about half their number the remainder fled, being the first of the enemy to do so. They were followed by about 100 infantry, and these were "all of the garrison that escaped. The Dervish commander, Mohammed Zeih, was made prisoner. One well-known Dervish Emir stubbornly defended himself with some followers in a strongly fortified house; and was only killed eventually when the building was destroyed by artillery fire.

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THE NILE ADVANCE., Issue 10448, 19 October 1897

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THE NILE ADVANCE. Issue 10448, 19 October 1897

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