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Dorset Regiment Khyber Pass soldiers commemorated

Commemoration service in Dorchester's Borough Gardens Image copyright The Keep Museum
Image caption A commemoration service was held in Dorchester's Borough Gardens

Soldiers from Dorset who were killed on the North West frontier of India in 1897 have been commemorated.

Twenty-three members of the Dorset Regiment died in fighting with local tribesman as the British aimed to keep control of the Khyber Pass.

Pte Sam Vickery was awarded the regiment's only ever Victoria Cross, for gallantry during the campaign.

A plaque was unveiled at the Tirah Memorial in Dorchester's Borough Gardens.

More than 800 Dorset soldiers were part of a British expeditionary force sent to what is now a border area between Pakistan and Afghanistan to keep the trade route open.

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Image caption More than 800 Dorset soldiers were part of a British expeditionary force sent to keep the Khyber Pass trade route open

Chris Copson of The Keep Military Museum said the terrain made it "a very tough deal indeed" for the British troops.

"Current serving soldiers will be familiar with that part of the world - it's very similar to Helmand where a lot of our guys have been very recently, so it's got a bit of resonance there," he said.

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