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The Tirah Field Force consisted of some 34,882 men, British and Indian, plus another 20,000 non-combatant supporters - drivers, cooks, servants etc. We include a contemporary list of the main military participants to show the kind of strength which the British Army could draw upon in India. At the time this list was drawn up (1897), it was customary to use the broad term "native" to describe indigenous troops.

 

Contemporary map of the Tirah Campaign

 

Lieutenant General commanding the Force: 

General Sir William Stephen Alexander Lockhart. K.C.B; KC.S.I.

THE MAIN COLUMN

FIRST DIVISION

Commander: Brigadier General William Penn Symons

FIRST BRIGADE

Commander: Brigadier General Sir Ian Hamilton.

He broke his leg after falling from his horse  in the Kohat Pass and was replaced

by Brigadier General Reginald Clare Hart, VC.

2nd Battalion The Derbyshire Regiment

1st Battalion The Devonshire Regiment

2nd/1st Gurkha (Rifle) Regiment

30th (Punjab) Regiment of Bengal Infantry

No. 6 British Field Hospital

No 34 Native Field Hospital

SECOND BRIGADE

Commander: Brigadier General Alfred Gaselee

2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment

1st Battalion Royal West Surrey Regiment

2nd Battalion 4th Gurkha (Rifle) regiment

3rd Regiment of Sikh Infantry, Punjab Frontier Force

Sections A and B of No. 8 British Field Hospital

Sections A and C of No. 14 British Field Hospital

No. 51 Native Hospital

DIVISIONAL TROOPS

Three officers with 20 men - Gurkha Scouts

No.1 Mountain Battery, Royal Artillery

No.2 (Derajat) Mountain Battery, Royal Artillery

No. 1 (Kohat) Mountain Battery, Royal Artillery

Two Squadrons 18th Regiment Bengal Lancers

28th Regiment , Bombay Infantry (Pioneers)

Two companies, Bombay Sappers and Miners

The Karpurthala Regiment of Imperial Service Infantry

The Maler Kotla Imperial Service Sappers

No.13 British Field Hospital - Section A

No 63 Native Field Hospital

SECOND DIVISION

Commander: Major General A. G. Yeatman-Biggs

THIRD BRIGADE

Commander: Brigadier General

1st Battalion The Gordon Highlanders

1st Battalion The Dorsetshire Regiment

1st Battalion 2nd Gurkha (Rifle) Regiment

15th (The Ludhiana Sikh) Regiment of Bengal Infantry

No 24 British Field Hospital

No. 44 Native Field Hospital

FOURTH BRIGADE

Commander: Brigadier General R. Westmacott

2nd Battalion, The King's Own Scottish Borderers

1st battalion The Northamptonshire Regiment

1st Battalion 3rd Gurkha (Rifle) Regiment

36th (Sikh) Regiment of Bengal Infantry

Sections C and D of No. 9 Field Hospital

Sections A and B of No 23 British Field Hospital

No. 48 Native Field Hospital

DIVISIONAL TROOPS

No. 8 Mountain Battery, Royal Artillery

No. 9 Mountain battery, Royal Artillery

No. 5 (Bombay) Mountain battery

Machine Gun Detachment, 16th Lancers

Two Squadrons 18th Regiment of Bengal Lancers

21st Regiment of Madras Infantry (Pioneers)

No. 4 Company Madras Sappers and Miners

The Jhind Regiment of Imperial Service Infantry

The Sirmur Imperial Service Sappers

Section B of No. 13 British Field Hospital

No. 43 Native Field Hospital.

In addition, an extensive Line of Communication Force was set up plus additional Companies to be used as needed and a Reserve Brigade.

 

CONTINUED

 

 

 
 
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