5th (Mhow) Division

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For the World War II formation, see 5th Infantry Division (India).
5th (Mhow) Division
Active 1903 - 1922
Country British India
Allegiance British Crown
Branch British Indian Army
Type Infantry
Role Internal Security
Size Division
Part of Southern Army
Garrison/HQ Mhow

The 5th (Mhow) Division was a regular division of the British Indian Army and part of the Southern Army which was formed in 1903 after Lord Kitchener was appointed Commander-in-Chief, India between 1902 and 1909. He instituted large-scale reforms, including merging the three armies of the Presidencies into a unified force and forming higher level formations, eight army divisions, and brigading Indian and British units. Following Kitchener's reforms, the British Indian Army was "the force recruited locally and permanently based in India, together with its expatriate British officers."[1]

The Division remained in India on internal security duties during World War I, but some of its units were transferred to serve with other formations. The cavalry units formed the 5th (Mhow) Cavalry Brigade in the 1st Indian Cavalry Division and served in France and Egypt.[citation needed]

Formation 1914[edit]

Commanding General Major General H Payne

Nasirabad Brigade[edit]

Commanding General Major General Davison

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Jubbulpore Brigade[edit]

Commanding General, Major General Fanshawe

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Jhansi Brigade[edit]

Commanding General, Major General Townshend

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Unbrigaded Units[edit]

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ Oxford History of the British Army
  2. ^ a b c d "orbat.com". Archived from the original on 9 September 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d "warpath". 


  • Haythornthwaite, Philip J. (1996). The World War One Source Book. London: Arms and Armour Press. ISBN 1-85409-351-7. 
  • Moberly, F.J. (1923). Official History of the War: Mesopotamia Campaign. London: Imperial War Museum. ISBN 1-870423-30-5. 
  • Perry, F.W. (1993). Order of Battle of Divisions Part 5B. Indian Army Divisions. Newport, Gwent: Ray Westlake Military Books. ISBN 1-871167-23-X. 

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