Sgt. McCabe, First Anglo-Sikh War, Sobraon, 1846
Bernard McCabe occupies a special place in the history of the 31st Regiment.
As a Sergeant in the 31st Foot he displayed outstanding bravery at the Battle of Sobroan on 10th February 1846. When both officers carrying the Colours had been shot down he carried the Regimental Colour to the top of the Sikhs' Army ramparts, and by this action the Regiment was inspired to go over and through the defences, leading on to the final defeat of the Sikhs in the short, but very intense First Anglo-Sikh War.
Sergeant McCabe's action was subsequently recorded in the official painting portraying the Battle, while his gallantry is remembered each year on 'Sobraon Day' by the Battalions of the present Regiment. On this day each Battalion's Regimental Colour is formally handed over to a selected Sergeant, the 'Sobraon Sergeant', to be held in the Warrant Officers' and Sergeants' Mess for the day.
This is Stormtroopers Miniatures 120mm (1/16) resin figure, sculpted by Maurice Corry. It's also the last of three British 19th Century military figures that I brought back from Euromiltiaire in September.