2/4th Battalion War Diary, August 1919

    2/4th Border Regiment War Diary Transcriptions (1915-1918)
The National Archives WO/95/????    
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Transcribed from the War Diary of the 2/4th Border Regiment (1914-1919) and not the original war diary. This book was published by Carlisle book company Chas. Thurnam and Sons in 1920.
Entries from this source have been heavily abridged from their original form. This version of the war diary should be seen as a brief summary of events rather than a comprehensive account of the battalion's actions.
Place Date Hour Summary of Events
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.
Inspection of the Peshawar area troops by His Excellency the Viceroy.
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.

References / notes

  • National Archives Catalogue Reference: WO/95/????
  • The transcription above is available under the National Archives Open Government Licence for public sector information.
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