List of journalists killed during the Mahdist War

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This is a list of journalists killed during the Mahdist War. In all about 30 war correspondents covered the war during the period 1883–1885.[1] A war memorial for the seven correspondents who were killed during the Sudan campaigns between those years rests in St Paul's Cathedral in London.[2][3][4][5] One other journalist, who was not listed, was killed in 1898 in one of the final battles of the war. The memorial was the first war memorial devoted to journalists.[2]




J. A. Cameron


Metammeh: A battle at Metammeh occurred after the British had established a base at Korti and after the Battle of Abu Klea.[14] Two were killed while other war correspondents escaped death but were injured in the same attack, including Bennet Burleigh, Harry Pearse, and Frederic Villiers.[15]



St Paul's Cathedral

A ceremony was held 10 June 1888 at St Paul's Cathedral to commemorate the journalists killed during the 3 years of campaigns in Sudan and the dedication of a brass tablet, designed by Herbert Johnson listing seven journalists.[2][4][5]


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  10. ^ "Special wire". The Irish Times (Second edition). 27 November 1883. ProQuest 513765831.
  11. ^ Churchill, Winston S. (1952), The river war – an account of the Reconquest of the Sudan, Eyre and Spottiswoode, London. Online(1902 Edition) at Project Gutenberg
  12. ^ a b Bermann, Richard A. (January 2010) [1932 2010]. The Mahdi of Allah: A Drama of the Sudan. New York: Cosimo Classics. p. 236. ISBN 9781616404970.
  13. ^ "Killing the correspondents". Courier-Journal. 13 February 1885. ProQuest 1037427956.
  14. ^ "The Battle of Abu-Klea". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 3 March 1885. p. 3. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  15. ^ Harrington, Peter (Autumn 2010). "Our Man in Africa". MHQ : The Quarterly Journal of Military History. 23 (1): 88–93. A profile of illustrator Melton Prior.
  16. ^ a b "untitled (profile of St Leger Herbert)". The Times of India. 18 February 1885. ProQuest 234530259.
  17. ^ a b "untitled (killed and wounded)". The Times of India. 18 February 1885. ProQuest 234530179.
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