Mir Jafar Khan


Mir Jafar Khan was a Kot Daffadar when he was part of D Squadron under the command of Capt Brasier-Creagh near Manami on 18th Oct 1897. He and 15 others were awarded the Order of Merit for conspicuous gallantry on that occasion. He was also given a commissioned rank on that day.

He travelled to England in 1911 to attend the Coronation of George V on 22 June. He was one of three senior officers of the 9th, the others being Lieut-Col Low and Risaldar Major Ram Singh. The photo shows him in a group of other officers from Indian Cavalry regiments on that occasion. He is seen wearing gold aiguillettes as he was still ADC to the Commander-in-Chief in India.

When the regiment was ordered to go to France in 1914, Mir Jafar Khan was chosen with one other Indian officer and two British officers to stay behind at their depot at Ambala with the remainder of the regiment. They joined the 9th in France later in 1915. When Risaldar Major Ram Singh retired while the regiment was at Bonneville, Mir Jafar was promoted to that rank.

After World War 1 he received many honours including the rank of Honorary Captain with a jaghir grant of 600 rupees pa. He had held the post of ADC to the C-in-C for 7 years and was made Honorary ADC for life. His other appointments included acting President of the Provisional Advisory Committee of the Territorial Force, and Honorary Magistrate in Peshawar.

Prominent Dates
1868 Born in Peshawar
1884 12th Feb. Joined 9th Bengal Cavalry
1897 18th Oct. Promoted to Jemadar
1907 20th June. Promoted to Ressaidar
1910 1st Mar. Promoted to Risaldar
1915 8th Oct. Promoted to Risaldar Major
1920 1st July. Promoted to Honorary Captain
1885 Wounded at Suakin
1895 Chitral Relief Force
1897-8 Tirah Expeditionary Force
1897 18th Oct. Awarded Order of Merit for bravery
1909 ADC to Commander-in-Chief
1911 Went to England as part of Indian Contingent at Coronation
1915 France - Mentioned in despatches twice
1917 Jan. Retired
1919 Title of Khan Sahib conferred
1919 Awarded Order of British Empire 1st Class
1919 Awarded MBE


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by Stephen Luscombe