Sutlej reverse Aliwal,
Chas. Sutton, 16th. Lancers.
Killed in action at Aliwal, 28 Jan. 1846.
The Sikh cavalry then threatened the British left flank. In response, Smith deployed the rest of his cavalry, led by the 16th Lancers, who charged several times to disperse the Sikh horsemen.
Next, the 16th Lancers, ably assisted by horse artillery, broke a number of Sikh infantry battalions that had formed square to receive them. The Lancers then overran a battery of Sikh artillery before capturing Bhundri and driving its garrison back to the river.
,In the centre, the remaining Sikh infantry tried to resist. But, with their flanks collapsing, they were eventually forced to retreat after suffering heavy casualties from the advancing British infantry and horse artillery. The retreat quickly turned into a disorderly rout across the fords. On the far bank of the river Ranjodh Singh tried to form a new line, but this was dispersed by artillery fire.
All of the Sikhs’ guns were either captured or lost in the river. Much of their baggage and supplies was also captured. Smith lost 141 men killed, 413 wounded and 25 missing. During their charges the 16th Lancers suffered 140 casualties out of 300 men. Around 3,000 Sikhs were killed.
A lovely medal.