This Day in History: 1975-09-27

At the Delhi Day dinner in the British Officers’ Mess at Queen Elizabeth Barracks at Church Crookham, Lord Teignmouth presented to the Regiment ‘Shore’s Gun’, which had been captured in the Battle of Koonja on 3rd October 1824 by his antecedent The Honourable Frederick Shore, the first Superintendent of Dehra Dun. It had been in the possession of the family every since. Lord Teignmouth’s eldest son, Major the Honourable ‘Bunny’ Shore, had been killed in action in Italy in 1944 while serving with the 1st Battalion. His brother and sister were also present at the occasion.

‘Shore’s Gun’, now displayed in the Gurkha Museum, Winchester.  The caption reads ‘Gun captured by the Sirmoor Battalion (later 2nd Gurkha Rifles) in the attack on the Goojars at Koonja, 1824’.