Battle at Syadabad

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Battle at Syadabad
Part of 1st Afghan War 1839-42
Date: 2 November 1841
Location: Sayyedabad, Vardak Province, Afghanistan
Presidency: Bengal
Co-ordinates: 34.0008°N 68.7153°E
Result: British defeat
British and Indians Afghan tribesmen
Captain J. Woodburn

This was an event during the 1st Afghan War
For context see main article General Nott at Kandahar


Captain Woodburn and 130 men were travelling from Kandahar to Kabul when, after passing Ghazni, they were attacked by "swarms" of tribesmen. They took refuge in a small fort at Syadabad but were betrayed and massacred. Only two sepoys lived to carry the tale to Ghazni.

External Links

1st Afghan War Wikipedia
Afghan Wars Heritage History
1st Afghan War Somerset Record Office

Historical books on-line

History of the War in Afghanistan Vol III (1841-1842) - Battle at Syedabad by John William Kaye Revised Edition (1858)
Memoirs and Corresponence of Major-General Sir William Nott GCB Vol I Thomas Palmer's account by J H Stocqueler 1854 (
Memorials of Affghanistan - Death of Wodburn by J H Stocqueler 1863 (Google Books)