Prize and Batta

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Prize was the proceeds of items looted during military campaigns, subsequently divided amongst soldiers who were engaged in that action. The size of the share recieved was hierarchical by rank.

Batta was an allowance paid to soldiers in India who were stationed away from their Presidency, supposedly to cover the extra costs of living.


The British Library holds a series of nominal rolls entitled Prize and Batta Rolls IOR/L/MIL/5/142-350 (1793-c1886). A full list of contents can be found here on Access to Archives. Although most of the lists are for unpaid shares of prize money (as this then became of the property of the East India Company, there are lots that do have full lists of names so it is worth checking any you are interested in. A number of the files also consist of various correspondence.

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