Gun Lascar

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Gun lascars, or gun-lascars, were Indian recruits retained for "manhandling and cleaning of guns, carriage of ammunition and had light pioneering tools for the construction of gun platforms, erecting batteries during siege warfare and throwing up protective earthworks around the guns. In fact the gun lascars did everything on and around the guns except aim and fire".[1]

They were also described as a native powder-monkey.[2]

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  1. Gun lascars page 119 The Evolution of the Artillery in India: From the Battle of Plassey (1757) to the Revolt of 1857 by Romesh C. Butalia. Sample pages Google Books.
  2. Page 151 First impressions and studies from nature in Hindostan; embracing an outline of the voyage to Calcutta, and five years residence in Bengal and the Doáb, from MDCCCXXXI to MDCCCXXXVI , Volume I, by Thomas Bacon, Lieut. Of the Bengal Horse Artillery 1837