2/4th Battalion - Diary 1919

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January
January 1st New Year's Day. Proclamation parade under the G.O.C. 1st (Peshawar) Division.
January 5th Brigade tactical scheme near Kacha Garhi and Jamrud.
January 6th The Battalion moved into Taikal Camp.
February
February 19th Tactical scheme under G.O.C. 1st Infantry Brigade west of Pallozai Khwar.
April
April llth Advance party proceeded to Lower Barian.
April 18th & 19th Disturbances in Peshawar City.
May
May 6th Received orders to mobilise against Afghanistan.
May 7th Mobilisation completed. Strength, 17 officers and 548 other ranks.
May 8th Detachment, 1 officer and 60 other ranks, proceeded to Risalpur as protection to the Royal Air Force aerodrome.
May 10th Detachment, 1 officer and 64 other ranks, stationed at Camp-bellpur also proceeded to Risalpur.
May 13th The Signal Section (1 officer and 26 other ranks) arrived from Lower Barian.
May 16th The Battalion moved from Taikal Camp into Roberts Barracks.
May 20th Detachment of 1 officer and 12 other ranks provided for the armoured train between Pabbi and Jamrud.
May 26th One officer and 49 other ranks arrived from Lower Barian. A picket of 1 officer and 11 other ranks provided for the Bara Aqueduct nightly until 31st May.
May 28th Captain A. W. Anderson, 2 officers, and 100 other ranks proceeded to Kohat at 14.00 hours to join the Thal Relief Force.
May 29th The Detachment arrived at Kohat at 06.00 hours, and proceeded to Hangu by motor lorries at 10.00 hours.
May 30th The Detachment joined the Thal Relief Force under Brigadier-General R. E. H. Dyer, C.B. Left Hangu at 16.00 hours and marched to Togh, arriving 23.30 hours.
May 31st The Detachment left Togh at 04.00 hours, marched to Doaba (17 miles), arriving 12.00 hours.
June
June 1st The Detachment left Doaba at 06.00 hours as escort to the artillery. The artillery came into action near the aerodrome N.N.E. of Thal. Bivouacked for the night on the artillery position.
June 2nd The armoured train between Pabbi and Jamrud was attacked and partly derailed by tribesmen between Kacha Garhi and Jamrud at 00.30 hours. Corporal Murray and Private Brown of “C” Company wounded. The Detachment with the Thai Relief Force moved out at 09.00 hours and attacked the enemy holding a small hill north of Thal, the enemy evacuating the position. Returned to camp at 14.30 hours.
June 3rd The Detachment proceeded four miles on the Parachinar Road beyond Thal, forded the Kurram River, and marched to the Afghan camp at Yusuf Khel. The camp was found deserted except for two wounded Afghans. Returned to Thal.
June 4th Captain Anderson, 4 officers, and 200 Indian ranks, proceeded to Yusuf Khel to clear the camp and ammunition dump abandoned by the Afghans. Returned 19.30 hours.
June 6th The Detachment from Risalpur (2 officers, 120 other ranks) returned to Peshawar.
June 8th The Thal Detachment left by train for Kohat and proceeded to Peshawar.
June 9th The Detachment arrived Peshawar and bivouacked at the City Station.
June 10th The Detachment proceeded to the Cholera Segregation Camp at Budni Bridge, returning to Headquarters on the 19th.
June 13th Two pickets of 16 N.C.O.'s and men provided to form part of the cordon at night around the cantonment. Section taken over, Taikal Road to Jamrud Road.
June 21st Fifteen officers and 282 other ranks proceeded at 01.30 hours to Bara, less 2 officers and 80 other ranks who preceded Headquarters at 20.00 hours on the 20th to picket the villages of Sarband and Pushta Khera during the night 20/21st, rejoining at Bara at 05.45 hours. The Battalion formed part of the force under Major-General Shepherd to clear the Kajauri Plain of raiders, who had been active at Peshawar, Kacha, Garhi, and Bara. Forty prisoners taken. Battalion left Bara at 11.30 hours, reaching Peshawar at 13.30 hours.
July
July 17th The Armoured Train Detachment cancelled.
July 24th Escort of 1 N.C.O. and 3 men provided for His Excellency and 26th the Commander-in-Chief during his visit to Dakka and the Peshawar area.
July 28th Believed of the two pickets between Jamrud and Taikal Roads.
August
August 10th & 14th A guard of 1 officer and 54 other ranks provided for His Excellency the Viceroy during his visit to Dakka and the Peshawar area.
August 12th Inspection of the Peshawar area troops by His Excellency the Viceroy.
August 23rd Lieut. B. F. Chester appointed Adjutant vice Captain L. MacGlasson, resigned on transfer to Home Establishment. In addition to finding the Detachments for Thal, Risalpur, &c., the Battalion found the Infantry Detachment for Peshawar Fort, and a very large number of the garrison guards. At the commencement of the Afghan War, owing to the departure of the Regular Battalions, the Battalion had to find all the duties in the station, the men remaining on permanent guards from ten to fourteen days until relieved by battalions from other Divisions. Numerous escorts had also to be found to proceed to Dakka and Jamrud with the Northern Army Commander, Afghan Envoys, prisoners, ammunition, &c. The Battalion was from time to time under the command of Major G. H. Heelis whilst Lieut.-Colonel Halton, T.D., was employed as Commanding Peshawar Station, Administrative Commandant Peshawar, on the Lines of Communication, vice Brigadier-General Lane, and commanding Peshawar Divisional Area vice Brigadier-General L.Y. Campbell, C.M.G.
September
September 8th Peace Treaty with Afghanistan signed.
September 13th Six officers and 200 other ranks proceeded to Cherat.
September 20th A draft of 27 men left Peshawar for demobilisation.
September 30th Six officers and 200 other ranks returned to Peshawar from Cherat.
October
October 13th A draft of 53 men left Peshawar for demobilisation.
October 19th A draft of 77 men left Peshawar for demobilisation.
October 23rd A draft of 4 officers and 104 other ranks left Peshawar for demobilisation.
October 26th A draft of 1 officer and 111 other ranks left Peshawar for demobilisation.
November
November 7th A draft of 3 officers and 69 other ranks left Peshawar for demobilisation.
November llth The Battalion, consisting of 13 officers and 202 other ranks, left Peshawar for demobilisation, having been on the North-west Frontier for 3 years and 8 months without the loss of a single rifle or a round of ammunition. The band of the 2nd Battalion Somerset Light Infantry played the Battalion to the railway station.
November 15th The Battalion embarked at Bombay on H.M.T. Friedrichsruh for England.
December
December 9th The Battalion disembarked at Plymouth and proceeded to its various dispersal stations, with the exception of a Cadre of 3 officers and 7 other ranks, which entrained for Kendal. The Cadre was subsequently moved to the Infantry Drill Hall, Carlisle, and from there dispersed on the 31st January, 1920.