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Posted 24 June 2014 - 11:58 pm
Was a long time resolving this.
The Reserve Bn's in India were formed on the renaming of the Combined British Infantry (CBI) Depots - see other thread on this topic. In my case No.8 Reserve Bn., India being formed from the 13th CBI Depot. Later as TF units in India and Mesopotamia were demobilized these were disbanded and men remaining in india nominally on the role of 2 Combined Depots which also held the Special Bn's later Special Coy's held in reserve for the 3rd Afghan War.
Information on the CBI's / Reserve Bn.'s and the Special Bn's is extremely hard to come by. The Reserve battalions being disbanded at the end of 1919. The last two CBI's surviving through 1920. If any one does have any ref's to either I would appreciate any cross ref's.
Posted 25 June 2014 - 08:09 am
There is a GWF thread on the topic of Special Battalions in India. These consisted of men returning to India from Mesopotamia, some of whom appeared to have been volunteers, but some of whom were not.
It includes a link which I posted to an article called " Mutiny in India in 1919" by Julian Putkowski.
I have a feeling that there may be another GWF thread which said that the Special Battalion men were allotted to depended on the ship on which they came from Mesopotamia, but if there was, I can't locate it
Posted 25 June 2014 - 01:35 pm
Many thanks Maureen
David Porter and I had a thread going in the India forum here on the Northbrook Bn and the Special Bn's I think that's what you are referring to.
The Special Bn's are an interesting topic; especially if referred to in context with the homeward troops retained in India during the 3rd Afghan War and the 1919 mutiny. Tracking these battalions as they disbanded was a big part in my making the connections between the Reserve Bn's and the CBI's. The grouping of the TF depots is still frustratingly difficult to pull together through 1917 before they were renamed as Reserve Bn's. Most of my assumptions are currently based on the Regiments / Bn's of officers present in the Reserve Bn's in 1918. Their numbers and locations with a few exceptions have proven incredibly difficult to pin down. Missed an opportunity last time I was at the British Library to run this through the Indian Army Lists as at that time I was only looking at the Reserve Bn's and had not yet made the connection with the earlier CBI's. Will need another visit next time I'm in the UK I think.
My hunt at the moment centres around how many CBI's there were. How many Bn Depots in a CBI and their role before and after the Bn's were shipped to Mesopotamia. If the TF's went to Egypt they ceased to be Indian Army units and did not maintain Indian Depots.
Fascinating, if somewhat localized, research. Need to find a new lead to take my work to the next level.
Posted 23 July 2014 - 05:51 pm
ddycher, I'm new here today so I don't know if your research would be helped by this, but my Grandfather was at Kirkee in August 1919. He was Pte. Thomas H Craig of the ¼ Battalion, The Dorsetshire Regiment. I have a Pass/Furlough (Form IAF L1180) signed by the B Company Commander giving him permission to be absent from his quarters from 1200 on August 22nd until Reveille on 26th August "to proceed to Bombay." I know for certain that he served with the Regiment in Basra in the Great War so I wonder if he was one of the returners to whom Maureen refers in post 23.
I have a scanned .pdf copy of the pass which I'd be happy to send if it would be of use - but I suspect you are well ahead of me!