This Day in History: 1824-10-03

The rebel commander at the Battle of Koonja was called Kulwa and he was killed in the fort. The victorious Goorkhas returned to Dehra Dun with not only two small cannons taken from the fort (which subsequently were placed in front of the Battalion quarter guard) but also Kulwa’s head, which for many years afterwards swung in an iron cage over the entrance to the Dehra Dun prison.

The Koonja Cannons and Battering Ram outside the Regimental Quarterguard in about 1920