Medals for The Relief of Chitral 1895

Via Flickr:4 medals to different soldiers who took part in the Relief of Chitral.2861 Pte A Watson 2nd Bn Kings Own Scottish Borderers. 1926 JEMDR. GANDA SINGH, 23rd BL. INFY. (Jemadar)3792 Private C Hall, 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders.805 DVR Kakoo 2d BrigadeThe Chitral Expedition was a military expedition in 1895 sent by the British authorities to relieve the fort at Chitral which was under siege after a local coup. Chitral was at the extreme north west of British India. An independent state in 1876, the Chitralis had come under the protection of the Maharaja of Kashmir and so into the British sphere of influence. In 1892 the Mehtar (ruler) of Chitral died which unleashed a series of killings as his relatives scrambled for the throne.Umra Khan, a tribal leader from Bajour entered Chitral to challenge one of the claimants to the throne Amir-Ul-Mulk. The British authorities ordered Khan to leave and sent the political agent at nearby Gilgit, Surgeon Major George Robertson to report on the situation. Robertson entered Chitral Fort. Meanwhile another claimant to the throne Sher Afzal made his presence known and joined forces with Umra Khan. Mehtar Amir-Ul-Mulk moved towards a settlement with Khan and was immediately placed in custody by Robertson at Chitral Fort. Robertson declared his younger brother Shuja-Al-Mulk as provisional mehtar.Meanwhile Sher Afzal moved his forces to Chitral Fort. A sharp engagement occurred which killed 15 Indian troops and one of their British officers killed with another wounded. Regimental Surgeon Harry Frederick Whitchurch was to receive the Victoria Cross for his heroism in assisting the deceased officer in a fighting retreat back to fort. The Siege of Chitral began the next day—15 March 1895.The fort at Chitral was under the command of Captain Charles Vere Ferrers Townshend, an officer of the Indian Staff Corps. The fort itself was built of timber, stone and mud and formed a square with a covered way to the river, the fort’s only water source. The fort held 543 people of whom 343 were combatants. The units were the 14th Sikhs and a greater detachment from the Kashmir Infantry. Artillery support was 2 seven-pounders without sights and 80 rounds of ammunition.Relief forces were dispatched by the Government of India commanded by Major General Sir Robert Cunliffe Low, KCB with another detachment sent from Gilgit commanded by Colonel James Kelly. Kelly’s troops after an arduous mountainous journey reached the fort. Low’s force travelling from the south broke the resistance of the main body of the enemy.Chitral Relief Force 15,249 troops under the command of Brig-Gen Sir Robert LowFirst BrigadeBrig Gen A.A.Kinloch CB •1st Batt Bedfordshire Regt •1st Batt King’s Royal Rifles •15th Sikhs •37th Dogras •No 1 British Field Hospital •No 14 Native Field Hospital Second BrigadeBrig Gen H.G.Waterfield •1st Batt King’s Own Scottish Borderers •1st Batt Gordon Highlanders •4th Sikhs •Guides Infantry •No 2 British Field Hospital •No 35 Native Field Hospital Third BrigadeBrig Gen W.F.Gatacre DSO •1st Batt East Kent Regt •2nd Batt Seaforth Highlanders •25th Punjab Infantry •2nd Batt 4th Gurkha Rifles•No 8 British Field Hospital •No 19 Native Field Hospital Divisional Troops•11th Bengal Lancers •Guides Cavalry •13th Bengal Infantry •23rd Punjab Pioneers •15th Field Battery Royal Artillery •3rd Mountain Battery Royal Artillery •8th Mountain Battery Royal Artillery •No 2 Dejarat Mountain Battery •3 Companies Sappers & Miners •Engineer Field Park from Roorkee •No 4 British Field Hospital •No 17 & 18 Native Field Hospitals •No 1 Veterinary Field Hospital •Maxim Gun Detachment 1st Batt Devonshire Regt CausaltiesBedfordshire Regiment4364 Private G. Stevens – killed Malakand Pass 3 April 18952nd Battalion King’s Own Scottish Borderers2964 Corporal James Smith – killed Malakand Pass 3 April 18953836 Private John Smith – killed Malakand Pass 3 April 18951st Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps5915 Private W. Carter – killed Malakand Pass 3 April 18955827 Private H. Gardiner – killed Malakand Pass 3 April 18954640 Private A.E. Gillard – killed Malakand Pass 3 April 18957179 Private J. Walker – killed Malakand Pass 3 April 18951st Battalion Gordon Highlanders1638 Private J. Cowborough – killed Malakand Pass 3 April 18954541 Private Thomas Francis – killed Malakand Pass 3 April 18954689 Private F. Pardoe – killed Malakand Pass 3 April 189511th Bengal Lancers2345 Sowar Surain Singh – killed at Swat River 7 April 1895Bengal Sappers and Miners3568 Havildar Ram Jas Upadhya – killed at Reshan 15 March 18953050 Naik Jai Singh – killed at Reshan 15 March 18952888 Naik Kala Singh – killed at Reshan 15 March 1895 (widow awarded Indian Order of Merit, 3rd Class, pension)4188 Sapper Anokh Singh – killed at Reshan 15 March 18953754 Sapper Bhola Singh – killed at Reshan 15 March 18954108 Sapper Bir Singh – wounded at Reshan 7 March 1895. died of wounds 8 March3376 Sapper Dal Singh – killed at Reshan 15 March 18954028 Sapper Man Singh – killed at Reshan 15 March 18954022 Sapper Nadhan Singh – killed at Reshan 15 March 18954280 Sapper Nadir Khan – killed at Reshan 15 March 1895 (widow awarded Indian Order of Merit, 3rd Class, pension)3941 Sapper Natha Singh – killed at Reshan 15 March 18953759 Sapper Rulya Singh – killed at Reshan 15 March 189514th (Ferozepore Sikh) Bengal Infantry1149 Naik Hardit Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951009 Naik Sahib Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951469 Lance-Naik Bhanga Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951587 Lance-Naik Indar Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951257 Lance-Naik Talok Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951054 Drummer Kishan Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 1895Sepoys:1664 Bhagat Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 1895866 Bhan Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951367 Bishan Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951986 Bishan Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951916 Bukan Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 1895 (widow awarded Indian Order of Merit, 3rd Class, pension)1651Dasondhu Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 1895 (widow awarded Indian Order of Merit, 3rd Class, pension)1981 Dewa Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951859 Ganda Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 1895547 Ghanda Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951390 Gopal Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951842 Gujjan Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951649 Gurmukh Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951676 Hardit Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951888 Jiwan Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951550 Kehar Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951891 Kesar Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951082 Khem Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951746 Kheta Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951618 Khizan Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951643 Kirpal Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951826 Kishan Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951834 Kishan Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951928 Kishan Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951516 Nand Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951909 Nand Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951740 Narain Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951895 Natha Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951699 Nidhan Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951670 Nikka Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18952017 Phuman Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951656 Ram Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951163 Rattan Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951782 Roor Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951228 Sant Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 1895 (widow awarded Indian Order of Merit, 3rd Class, pension)1856 Sarmukh Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951884 Sobha Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951530 Sundar Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951874 Wariyam Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 18951836 Wazir Singh – killed at Koragh 10 March 189532nd (Punjab) Bengal Infantry (Pioneers)3006 Sepoy Bhagat Singh – killed at Nisa Gol 13 April 18951893 Sepoy Jiwan Singh – killed at Nisa Gol 13 April 189537th (Dogra) Bengal Infantry1084 Sepoy Nihala – killed near Khar 4 April 1895880 Sepoy Prema Singh – killed near Khar 4 April 1895Corps of Guides, Infantry (Punjab Frontier Force)3832 Sepoy Baggat Singh – killed at Panjkora River 13 April 18953920 Sepoy Kalu – killed at Panjkora River 13 April 18953380 Sepoy Kharku – killed at Panjkora River 13 April 18954th Sikh Infantry (Punjab Frontier Force)449 Sepoy Bir Singh – killed Malakand Pass 3 April 1895835 Sepoy Chain Singh – killed at Swat River 7 April 1895741 Sepoy Gurdit Singh – drowned crossing Swat River 7 April 1895Kasmir Imperial Service Troops:No.1 Kashmir Mountain Battery14 Naik Kojoo – killed at Nisa Gol 13 April 1895Driver Alewah – killed at Nisa Gol 13 April 1895Driver Suja Shah – killed at Nisa Gol 13 April 18954th (Raghunath) Kashmir Light InfantrySubadar Dharm Singh – killed at Reshan March 1895 (widow awarded Indian Order of Merit, 3rd Class, pension)Havildar Ranjit Singh – killed at Reshan March 1895 (widow awarded Indian Order of Merit, 3rd Class, pension)Lance-Naik Budhia – killed at Reshan March 1895 (widow awarded Indian Order of Merit, 3rd Class, pension)342 Sepoy Maniram Rana – killed at Nisa Gol 13 April 1895421 Sepoy Parbir Gharti – killed at Nisa Gol 13 April 1895

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