Frontier Corps

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The following structure of the Frontier Corps applied in 1921[1]

These units were not “regiments” of the Indian Army, rather they were armed para-military units paid for by the civil purse and under the control of the local Political Agent. Officers were seconded from the Indian Army.

The Khyber Rifles was a similar type of unit which had been disbanded in 1919.

External links

  • "Scouting On The Afghan Frontier" by Leonard Richards November 1, 2002 Legion Magazine, Canada. Memories of 1944-46 . The author was with the Tochi Scouts at Dosalli Post and later with the Zhob Militia in Baluchistan, at Left wing’s headquarters at Sambaza, and Fort Sandeman, the headquarters.


Historical books online

  • The Frontier Scouts by Charles Chenevix Trench 1985. Link to a pdf download, PAHAR - Mountains of Central Asia Digital Dataset (MCADD). If the download button does not display, locate under Books/Indian Subcontinent/1985. Also available Books to Borrow/Lending Library.
  • The Great Wall of India by Ian Hay [John Hay Beith] 1933. The author visited a friend at Chashmai Fort. This is probably a fictional name. The friend worked for an unnamed Frontier Corps or similar. "Best guess" is Tochi Scouts, based at Miranshah.
  • Officers employed with Frontier Corps April 1933 Indian Army List, page 889
  • Page 313 A Concise History of Afghanistan in 25 Volumes, Volume 1 by Hamid Wahed Alikuzai Google Books
  • The Transfrontier Corps page 144 Edge of Empire‬: ‪The British Political Officer and Tribal Administration on the North-West Frontier, 1877-1947‬ by ‪Christian Tripodi Google Books
  • References to the Kurram Militia: page 58Nothing But!‬: ‪Book Two: The Long Road To Freedom‬ by‬ ‪Brigadier Samir Bhattacharya Google Books
  • An Illustrated History of Chitral Scouts 1903-2014 by Major Aamir Mushtaq Cheema 2014
  • Fiction
"Ants" by W J Blackledge, page 471 Fifty Amazing Hairbreadth Escapes c 1937. Stated to be an extract from Hell’s Broth Militia [1936]
"Company of the Damned" by Captain W J Blackledge. An Inside Picture of the Hunted Men’s Militia [Kurram Militia] in India. The story of Digger Craven, second in command. Appeared in issues of the weekly magazine Liberty from v13n14 1936-4-4. Part 1, part 2, part 3 Further episodes are not available online.
An examination of Part 1 shows it is an abridged version of "Ants" which in turn is an extract from Hell’s Broth Militia. Note some classify the latter as biography.[2]


  1. India Army List 1921 online version file page 84 actual page 95
  2. Page 27, entry 319 British Autobiographies: An Annotated Bibliography of British Autobiographies Published Or Written Before 1951 by William Matthews. Reprint edition 1964 Google Books