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Presidency: Bengal
Coordinates: 33.35°N 71.26°E
Altitude: 489 m (1,604 ft)
Present Day Details
Place Name: Kohat
State/Province: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, old NWFP
Country: Pakistan
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During the British period Kohat was the headquarters of Kohat District in Punjab (before 1901) and later in North West Frontier Province (1901 to 1947).


In 1873, a third class municipality was established consisting of 16 members.

Historical events

Mollie Ellis from Kohat cantonment was kidnapped by Afridi tribesmen from the Khyber Pass region on 14 April 1923. The rescue expedition included Mrs Lilian Starr, matron at the Peshawar Mission Hospital. For more details see:

Military history

Battle of Kohat 1850

FIBIS resources

External Links

Historical books online

  • "Kohat District" page 166 A list of inscriptions on Christian tombs or monuments in the Punjab, North-West Frontier Province, Kashmir and Afghanistan possessing historical or archaeological interest Part 1 by Miles Irving (1910) Hathi Trust Digital Library
  • Royal Engineers Journals 1939-1945 is a Searchable database available on the pay website Findmypast, located in the category Armed Forces & Conflict/Second World War. The Journals appear to have been published quarterly in March, June, September and December.
    • "The Kohat Pass Rifle Factory" by Lieut-Colonel E E Read pages 539-541 December 1939 (images 62-66). Findmypast link, need to be signed in to Fmp.