1st (Peshawar) Division

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1st (Peshawar) Division
Active 1903
Country British India
Allegiance British Crown
Branch British Indian Army
Type Infantry
Size Division
Engagements Third Afghan War
Commanders
Notable
commanders
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.[1][2]

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.[1][2]

Formation in 1914[edit]

1st (Risalpur) Cavalry Brigade[edit]

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.[1][2]

1st (Peshawar) Infantry Brigade[edit]

2nd Bn, King's (Liverpool Regiment)
1st Bn, Royal Sussex Regiment
14th Sikhs
21st Punjabis
72nd Punjabis.[1][2]

2nd (Nowshera) Infantry Brigade[edit]

1st Bn, Durham Light Infantry
24th Punjabis
46th Punjabis
82nd Punjabis
112th Infantry[1][2]

Peshawar Brigade[edit]

Formed July 1918

1st Bn, Yorkshire Regiment
30th Lancers.[1][2]

Divisional Troops[edit]

2/1st Guides Rifles
38th Dogras
51st Sikhs.[1][2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "1914-1918". Archived from the original on 16 June 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "orbat". Retrieved 6 July 2008. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Perry, F.W. & Becke, A.F. (1945). History of the Great War: Order of Battle of Divisions: Indian Army Divisions Pt. 5B. London HMSO. ISBN 1-871167-23-X
  • Haythornthwaite P.J. (1992). The World War One Sourcebook, Arms and Armour Press.
  • Moberly, F.J. (1923). Official History of the War: Mesopotamia Campaign, Imperial War Museum. ISBN 1-870423-30-5