1st (Peshawar) Division
|1st (Peshawar) Division|
|Branch||British Indian Army|
|Engagements||Third Afghan War|
|Major-Gen. C. Blomfield (from March 1911 to June 1915)
Major-Gen. F. Campbell (from June 1915 onwards. Became Lieut-Gen. Sir from 1 July 1917)
The 1st (Peshawar) Division was a Regular Division of the British Indian Army it was formed after the Kitchener reforms of the Indian Army in 1903. During World War I it remained in India for local defence but it was mobilised for action on the North West Frontier on several occasions during the period.
The Division was in the Northern Army, later called Northern Command. In 1919, the Division was mobilised for operations in Afghanistan during the Third Afghan War. Typical of all Indian Army formations, it contained a mixture of British units and Indian ones and unlike British Divisions it contained a mixture of cavalry and infantry components.
Formation in 1914
1st (Risalpur) Cavalry Brigade
- 13th Duke of Connaught's Lancers
- 14th Murray's Jat Lancers
- 1st Duke of York's Own Skinner's Horse
- Queen Victoria's Own Corps of Guides (Frontier Force) Lumsden's) Cavalry
- 21st Lancers
- M Battery, Royal Horse Artillery
- 1st Guides Infantry.
1st (Peshawar) Infantry Brigade
- 2nd Bn, King's (Liverpool Regiment)
- 1st Bn, Royal Sussex Regiment
- 14th Sikhs
- 21st Punjabis
- 72nd Punjabis.
2nd (Nowshera) Infantry Brigade
Formed July 1918
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