Stations of British Army troops in India

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Sources for locating the stations of British Army regiments, battalions or batteries in India.

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Army stations are frequently listed in directories and publications such as The Army and Navy Gazette, the United Service Magazine and even some newspapers. These may be consulted online where available, refer Military periodicals online, or in national libraries. This article details some online sources that may provide significant shortcuts when it comes to finding regiments.

Nafziger Collection documents

The following table links to pdf documents from The Nafziger Collection of Orders of Battle which are derived from sources such as The Army and Navy Gazette.

Please note that some years do not contain information relating to the Royal Artillery.

Although there does not appear to be any information relating to British troops in India after 1904 on the Nafziger Collection website, there is information available prior to 1862. The Nafziger Collection website says "Download the collection's Finding Aid (pdf format) to assist in navigating the titles available for viewing".

It appears best to use the binoculars icon to search the Finding Aid. The search facility seems designed so that the words you enter only are found if they are next to each other, so you will need to use just one word such as India, or use phrases which are title headings such as Stations of British Troops in India, (not Stations India) (available 1836-1904), British Regiments Serving in India, (available 1816-1835), Distribution of the British Army (available 1836-1868, 1872, 1899-1903) Stations of the British Army (available 1869-1904). The latter two titles include British troops in India.

Stations of British Troops in India 1862-1904
5 April 1862 4 April 1863 2 April 1864 1 April 1865
31 March 1866 2 November 1867 4 April 1868 10 April 1869 1 April 1870
1 April 1871 5 March 1873 7 March 1874 3 April 1875
1 March 1876 7 March 1877 ? 4 January 1879 5 July 1879 4 September 1880 4 December 1880
2 April 1881 July 1882 August 1882 2 September 1882 2 December 1882 3 March 1883
2 February 1884 4 October 1884 7 March 1885 June 1885 5 September 1885 3 July 1886
7 May 1887 3 March 1888 3 August 1889 1 March 1890
3 March 1891 21 July 1894 23 March 1895 19 October 1895 4 July 1896
2 January 1897 17 July 1897 18 September 1897 23 July 1898 27 August 1898
21 September 1898 17 December 1898 July 1899 March 1900 May 1900 June 1900
April 1901 July 1901 August 1901 November 1901 December 1901
February 1902 April 1902 May 1902 July 1902 October 1902 December 1902
July 1903 19 November 1904


Afghanistan 1878-1882

1911 England and Wales Census

This National Archives catalogue entry shows the regiments in India which were included in the 1911 Census. The items (17 in total) are RG 14/34978-34992, 34995, 34997. It appears that there were additional regiments in India at the time which are not included in the list, so the census is not complete for British Army regiments, or British Army personnel in India. Search the 1911 census data, free to search, but a pay site to view data.

Great War Forum thread by Black Sapper (Peter Holden) 1911 Census for Military – Overseas contains pdf links to 1911 Overseas Military Census data on Ancestry.com, including that for India, in post 13. Note the pdf images are only available to logged in members of GWF. To actually access the information in the pdf files, you must be logged in to Ancestry.com, a pay site.

Other sources