Honour for Commemorator of Sikh WW1 Contribution

BA Member Charles Sandbach found that it was not an easy task researching Ajab as no documents exist that chart his life. Known facts how are that he came from the tribal Banni area of Punjab, north of Mianwali which at that time was part of India but is now a part of Pakistan. Ajab was the son of Alam Khan, believed to be a Muslim and that his family probably worked in agriculture or perhaps traded in commodities as those two vocations were common to the area where he was born and raised.

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The Links Between the 34th Sikh Pioneers and the 8th Jullundur Brigade

BA Member Charles Sandbach found that it was not an easy task researching Ajab as no documents exist that chart his life. Known facts how are that he came from the tribal Banni area of Punjab, north of Mianwali which at that time was part of India but is now a part of Pakistan. Ajab was the son of Alam Khan, believed to be a Muslim and that his family probably worked in agriculture or perhaps traded in commodities as those two vocations were common to the area where he was born and raised.

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The service of Sepoy Ajab Khan 59th Scinde Rifles (Frontier Force)

BA Member Charles Sandbach found that it was not an easy task researching Ajab as no documents exist that chart his life. Known facts how are that he came from the tribal Banni area of Punjab, north of Mianwali which at that time was part of India but is now a part of Pakistan. Ajab was the son of Alam Khan, believed to be a Muslim and that his family probably worked in agriculture or perhaps traded in commodities as those two vocations were common to the area where he was born and raised.

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Sergeant Jim Maguire’s Survival

The following letter was published in the Sunday Times of 30th January 2011:”The Extraordinary Tale of a Battlefield SurvivorYour article on the American congresswoman who survived a gunshot wound to the head (“Giffords saved by surgery learnt on the battlefield”, World News last week) reminded me of my maternal grandfather Jim Maguire’s experiences in 1916 during the first world war.

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Major General Sir Philip Mainwaring Carnegy KCB

Major General Sir Philip Carnegy  was in command of the Jullundur Brigade in India when it was ordered to France in 1914. He took it there and retained command until being succeeded by Brigadier Peter Strickland in 1915 who, at that time, was commanding Ist Manchesters within the Brigade. A short account of his life and service follows.

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The 34th Royal Sikh Pioneers

The Pioneer regiments of the Indian Army were specialised infantry rather than engineers. Regarded as amongst the elite of the Indian Army, the Pioneers were trained first and foremost as infantry but they were additionally skilled in road and railway building and their abilities were prized in the theatre of the North West Frontier. Indeed they were described as “a superior kind of infantry, as expert with the rifle as with pick and shovel” and rarely if ever did a Frontier expedition set out without a Pioneer regiment.

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Acting Corporal Issy Smith VC

The sixteen year old Issy Smith enlisted in the Manchester Regiment on 2 September 1904 and as a boy soldier joined the Regiment at the regimental depot in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire. Following service with the 2nd Manchesters in Aldershot and 3rd Manchesters in South Africa he joined the 1st Battalion at Secunderabad in India in October 1906. During his time there he became the battalion middleweight boxing champion and played soccer for the battalion.

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A Monument to the Punjab Frontier Force in London

A remarkable monument to one of the most famous formations of the old Indian Army stands almost forgotten just a few hundred yards from the cacophony of the King’s Road in Chelsea. St. Luke’s Church is home to the memorial chapel of the Punjab Frontier Force (PFF), a repository of the memories and traditions of a force that carved out an epic reputation on the North West Frontier.

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Lieutenant General (Edward) Peter Strickland KBE CB DSO

Lieutenant General Strickland commanded the Jullundur Brigade in France, in the rank of Brigadier General, throughout most of 1915.

He was born on 3 August 1869, the son of a Major in the Warwickshire Regiment. He was educated at Warwick School and was commissioned into the Norfolk Regiment in 1888. His military career then encompassed service in Burma and in Egypt, taking part in the battles of Atbara and Obdurman; later in operations around the White Nile he was appointed DSO. Later still he served in Northern Nigeria having joined the West African Frontier Force. He was appointed to command the Northern Nigeria Regiment in 1909.

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