Battle before Girishk

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Battle before Girishk
Part of 1st Afghan War 1839-42
Date: 3 July 1841
Location: Girishk, Helmand Province, Afghanistan
Presidency: Bengal
Co-ordinates: 31.822095°N 64.54993°E
Result: British victory
British and Indians Durrani tribesmen
Captain J. Woodburn Aktar Khan
13 killed
31 wounded

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


With the encouragement of Yar Mahomed in Herat Aktar Khan threw off his professed allegiance to Shah Shuja and threatened the garrison at Gereshk. Captain Woodburn was sent to deal with the rebellion and defeated 6,000 Durrani tribesmen outside the fortress.

Field Detachment

  • 5th Shah Shulah's Infantry
  • Detachment 1st Troop Horse Artillery under Lt G L Cooper
  • Detachment 1st Janbaz (Afghan Cavalry) under Lt G W G Golding
  • Detachment 2nd Janbaz (Afghan Cavalry) under Lt A H Ross

External Links

1st Afghan War Wikipedia
Afghan Wars Heritage History

Historical books on-line

Memorials of Affghanistan - Woodburn's account by J H Stocqueler 1863 (Google Books)