Seaforth - I am only interested in those on furlough in the UK who were sent to 'British' infantry battalions at the beginning of the war when recruiting for Kitchener's units was at its height. What is driving this is that when the Kitchener Bns of the 10th and 11th Divs went into action at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli, this was the first time that Kitchener's army was used en masse in the assault. Casualties were extremely high (Officers 98% and ORs 68% within 2 weeks) in these units and responsibility for Bn command devolved to inexperienced junior officers quite rapidly. It was apparent that the lack of combat experience among the officers was a factor. Some Bns had officers from the Indian Army, some TF (ex VB) Officers with Boer War experience and I was interested in the former group to try and establish if there was any pattern to the way they were distributed among the Bns when they were being formed.
I am curious as to why the 8th Bn Northumberland Fus had four Company Commanders from the Indian Army while other Bns had none. It would have made sense to have distributed men with regular Army and /or Boer war experience evenly among the units being formed. The Army List annotates Officers who have served overseas (in war) so it is easy to see how unevenly these experienced men were distributed. I am very familiar with the units that served in Gallipoli but not at all familiar with the Kitchener units that served in France in 1915 and wondered if they had similar patterns - can anyone tell me which Kitchener Divisions were the first to go to France?
Doubtless there were many other factors. The rapid expansion of the Army in 1914-15 quickly outstripped the supply of experienced officers and given this critical factor, it seems a rather important oversight to have concentrated so much experience in some units while sending in others with relatively few experienced Officers. At Gallipoli one of the Bdes saw a few weeks trench warfare at Helles warfare before being sent into the Suvla Bay assualt and even that short, sharp experience made a big difference according to the Chief of Staff of the Div.
Interestingly I can find very few Indian Army officers in the TF units I have researched. It seems they were (all?) sent to the Kitchener Armies. Tracking down those who ended up on Bde and Div Staff is proving to be difficult.
As the war progressed and injured officers returned to duty I am sure we will find thousands of cases of Indian Army officers posted to 'British' units. My interests is in the Bns when they were being formed.
Thanks for your suggestion though. Appreciated.
P.S. "Gurka" is spelled Gurkha or Goorkha (I hope you don't mind me pointing this out - I served 5 years with them and it is a point of Regimental pedantry...