1857 In response to the Indian Mutiny the 2nd Goorkhas continued to advance towards Meerut down the Ganges Canal aboard a fleet of 45 boats and barges, but encountered difficulties whenever they approached the numerous locks, at which crowds of armed Indians manned the bridges. At Bhola, where the locks had been completely destroyed, the Battalion came under fire but the enemy quickly dispersed after a few volleys had been fired at them. Bhola village was burnt and the prisoners tried by drum head court martial. 13 were found guilty and shot.

The sidebar on the right of this page displays daily-changing historical events drawn from a library of (currently) 560 items.  The number of entries a day varies.  Most days have 2-3.  Some have 5-6.  Some artistic licence and creative thinking has been necessary to ensure every day has at least one entry.

Both the day of the year and the associated entries automatically update daily.  Pictures and/or links to other, more detailed material are embedded in most of the entries and could include video or audio files.  The cycle begins again after 365 days.  The setup is very flexible and entries can be edited or added to whenever required.

The sidebar could be displayed on the homepage of the 2GR website which means people would see it when they land there (e.g. after an internet search).  It could also be added to the most intensively-used pages such as the membership address list and Noticeboard(s) so people going to such pages would see it.  Alternatively the material can be displayed on its own full page as shown below but to my mind that would reduce its impact as people would have to make a deliberate choice to go to that page rather than just seeing the stuff in the margins of navigating round other bits of the site.

HISTORICAL EVENTS FROM THE REGIMENT’S HISTORY

On this day, 20th May, in....

1857 In response to the Indian Mutiny the 2nd Goorkhas continued to advance towards Meerut down the Ganges Canal aboard a fleet of 45 boats and barges, but encountered difficulties whenever they approached the numerous locks, at which crowds of armed Indians manned the bridges. At Bhola, where the locks had been completely destroyed, the Battalion came under fire but the enemy quickly dispersed after a few volleys had been fired at them. Bhola village was burnt and the prisoners tried by drum head court martial. 13 were found guilty and shot.