24th Regiment of Punjab Infantry

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'24th Punjabis' from a painting by Major A.C. Lovett

Known as 24th Punjabis

Chronology

  • 1857 formed as 16th Regiment of Punjab Infantry
  • 1861 became 24th Bengal Native Infantry
  • 1864 became 24th (Punjab) Bengal Native Infantry
  • 1885 became 24th (Punjab) Bengal Infantry
  • 1901 became 24th Punjab Infantry
  • 1922 amalgamated with five other regiments to form the 6-battalion 14th Punjab Regiment (4th Battalion)
  • 1947 allocated to Pakistan on Partition
  • 1956 amalgamated into The Punjab Regiment

Boxer Rebellion

24th Punjabi troops took part in the Boxer Rebellion, or 3rd China War, and were awarded the China Medal with Relief of Pekin clasp.[1]

First World War

Regimental history: War Records of the 24th Punjabis 1914-20: 4th Battalion 14th Punjab Regiment by A. B. Haig, previously Commanding Officer of the Regiment. First published 1934.
Available in a reprint edition, which in turn is available online on the Ancestry owned pay website fold3, see below.

The regiment fought in the campaign in Mesopotamia (today’s Iraq) from April 1915. It took part in the battle of Shaiba, the advance to Ctesiphon, and the retreat to Kut-al-Amara that followed. The 24th was effectively destroyed in the subsequent siege. The survivors were compelled to surrender when General Sir Charles Townshend capitulated in April 1916 and subsequently suffered greatly in Turkish captivity. The Regiment was subsequently reformed with new personnel and again served in Mesopotamia – and later in Salonika, south Russia and Anatolia between 1917 and 1920.[2]

External links

Historical books online

  • War Records of the 24th Punjabis 1914-20: 4th Battalion 14th Punjab Regiment by A. B. Haig, previously Commanding Officer of the Regiment, first published 1934, is available in a reprint edition,[2] which in turn is available online on the Ancestry owned pay website fold3 (located in World War II/Military Books/India).

References

  1. Cassandra. Indian troops in the Boxer Rebellion, 1900 Victorian Wars Forum 3 May 2018. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 War Records of the 24th Punjabis 1914-20: 4th Battalion 14th Punjab Regiment by A. B. Haig. Naval & Military Press reprint edition.