Battle of Chillianwallah

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Battle of Chillianwallah
Part of 2nd Sikh War
Date: 13 January 1849
Location: Chillianwala, Punjab
Presidency: Bengal
Co-ordinates: 32.669076°N 73.598009°E
Result: Indecisive
East India Company Sikh Empire
Maj Gen Sir Hugh Gough Sher Singh Attariwalla
16,000 British & Indian troops
66 guns
Est 23,000 Sikhs of the Khalsa
60 guns

Army of the Punjab

Order of Battle at Chillianwallah
Commander in Chief: Maj Gen Sir Hugh Gough

Cavalry Division
Maj-Gen Sir Joseph Thackwell

1st Infantry Division
Lt-Gen Sir Walter Gilbert

  • 1st Brigade: Brigadier Mountain
  • 2nd Brigade: Brigadier Godby

2nd Infantry Division
Sir Colin Campbell

  • 2nd Brigade: Brigadier Hoggan


  • 6 horse batteries: Maj-Gen Brooke
  • 1st Brigade: Grant, Lane, Christie and Huish
  • 2nd Brigade: Brind, Warner, Duncan and Fordyce
  • 3 field batteries: Mowatt, Robertson and Dawes
  • 2 heavy batteries: Maj Horsford, Capts Shakespeare and Ludlow

Spelling Variants

Modern name: Chilianwala
Variants: Chillianwallah

Recommended Reading

"Historic Battlefields of Pakistan" by Johnny Torrens-Spence, Oxford University Press, Karachi 2006
ISBN 0195978978 ISBN 978-0195978971

External Links

Sikh Wars Heritage History
2nd Sikh War Wikipedia
2nd Anglo-Sikh War Sikhiwiki
Battle of Chillianwala Wikipedia
The Battle of Chillianwallah
South Wales Borderers Regimental History
Battle of Chillianwallah Google Books
Officers who died in the battle Stephen Lewis Website
Chillianwalla Gazetteer 1857
Chillianwala Chase
Chillianwala: The forgotten British reverse in India by Maj (Retd) Agha Humayun Amin

Historical books on-line

Narrative of the Second Sikh War in 1848-49 by Edward Joseph Thackwell 1851 Battle of Chillianwallah Google Books