28th Light Cavalry

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  • 1784 raised as the 2nd Regiment of Madras Native Cavalry
  • 1786 disbanded following a mutiny and raised again from other loyal elements
  • 1788 became the 3rd Regiment of Madras Native Cavalry due to changed seniority
  • 1819 became the 3rd Regiment of Madras Light Cavalry
  • 1891 became the 3rd Regiment of Madras Lancers
  • 1901 became the 3rd Madras Lancers
  • 1903 became the 28th Light Cavalry
  • 1922 became the 7th Light Cavalry
  • 1947 allocated to India at independence and partition

First World War

Regimental histories

  • The 28th Light Cavalry in Persia and Russian Turkistan, 1915-1920 by Maj JAC Kreyer and Maj G Uloth 1926. Available at the British Library, UIN: BLL01012505295
  • Riding to War by Gerald Uloth. 1994. Available at the National Army Museum, Accession No: 55034. 28th Light Cavalry was with the Seistan Field Force along the Persia-Afghan border. The author was later in Birjand (Eastern Persia) and Merv (now Turkmenistan), and then took part in the 3rd Afghan War.[1] For an extract, see below.
  • Faraway Campaign by F James [Major Frank], 1934. Available at the British Library UIN: BLL01012141114, BLL01001846216. Also available in a reprint edition.[2]

1621 Daffadar Bola Ram, 28th Light Cavalry was awarded the I.D.S.M.[Indian Distinguished Service Medal] and 2nd Class Gold Cross of St George for gallantry in charging a patrol of Bolshevik cavalry. Note: From a medal viewpoint, these actions in Transcaspia were classified as part of the Salonika Force[3].

See Norperforce for more details about the campaign in Transcaspia.

External Links

Historical books online


  1. BACSA Journal Chowkidar Volume 7 Number 2 Autumn 1994, page 42 review of Riding to War by Gerald Uloth
  2. Faraway Campaign. Experiences of an Indian Army Cavalry Officer in Persia and Russia during the Great War by F James. Reprint by Leonaur 2008.
  3. DNW Auction: 19th September 2003, Lot 1271