1st Kumaon Rifles

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  • October 1917 –raised as the 4th Battalion 39th Garhwal Rifles
  • November 1917- became 4th/39th Kumaon Rifles
  • April 1918-became 1st/50th Kumaon Rifles
  • 1922-grouped with the Jat Regiment
  • 1923-affiliated with the 19th Hyderabad Regiment as the 1st Kumaon Rifles

First World War

The 1st/50th Kumaon Rifles fought at the battles of Sharon and Megiddo in Palestine. Two War Diaries are available at The National Archives, catalogue reference Part IV: Egypt, Palestine And Syria: War Diary of the 1/50 Battalion Kumaon Rifles

  • 1918 May - 1919 Apr. part of WO 95/4670 - 60 (London) Division [1] and
  • 1919 May - 1920 Mar. part of WO 95/4586 - 10 (Irish) Division[2]

In 1921 the regiment was stationed in Constantinople as guard to the Allied Headquarters.

External links

Historical books online

  • Page 271 Under Ten Viceroys: the Reminiscences of a Gurkha by Major-General Nigel Woodyatt 1922 Archive.org. A brief reference to the raising of the 1st Battalion, 50th Kumaonis by Lt-Col E M Lang.
  • Valour Triumphs: A History of the Kumaon Regiment by K C Praval 1976. Copy and paste the following link in your browser
http://lib.perdana.org.my/PLF/PLF2/Digital_Content/PLF/000013/OCRed/Valour Triumphs.pdf or
access the archived version Archive.org.