Irregular Cavalry


The suddenness of the 1857 Mutiny caught the East India Army completely off guard. As Indian unit after Indian unit mutinied, the authorities were forces to raise whatever troops they could. These were formed into the ad hoc regiments mentioned below. They were raised primarily from a collection of Europeans, loyal Indians and Irregular troops - notably from the recently conquered Sikh lands and the North West Frontier. Many of these units with their loyalty beyond question would later form the backbone of the reorganised Indian army once the Mutiny had been put down (As per the Italics).

Hodson's Horse
(9th and 10th Bengal Cavalry)
Alexander's Horse
(disbanded)
1st Maharatta Horse
(disbanded)
2nd Maharatta Horse
(18th Bengal Cavalry)
1st Sikh Irregular Cavalry (Wales' Horse)
(11th Bengal Cavalry)
2nd Sikh Irrerular Cavalry
(12th Bengal Cavalry)
3rd Sikh Irregular Cavalry
(disbanded)
4th Sikh Irregular Cavalry
(13th Bengal Cavalry)
Behar Irregular Cavalry
(disbanded)
Lahore Light Horse
(disbanded)
Benares Horse
(disbanded)
Lind's Pathans
(disbanded)
Ramghur Irregular Cavalry
(disbanded)
Meerut Horse
(disbanded)
Rohilkund Horse
(16th Bengal Cavalry)
Muttra Horse (Robart's)
(17th Bengal Cavalry)
Jat Horse Yeomanry (Murray's)
(14th Bengal Cavalry)
Multani Regiment of Cavalry (Cureton's)
(15th Bengal Cavalry)
Fane's Horse
(19th Bengal Cavalry)
Bengal Yeomanry Cavalry
(disbanded)
Barrow's Volunteers
(Disbanded)
Belooch Horse
(Disbanded)
Calcutta Volunteer Guards
(Disbanded)
De Kantzow's Irregular Cavalry
(Disbanded)
Graham's Horse
(Disbanded)
2nd Gwalior Cavalry
(Disbanded)
2nd Gwalior Mahratta Horse
(Disbanded)
H.H. The Guicowar's Horse
(Disbanded)
Jackson's Volunteer Horse
(Disbanded)
Jellandhar Cavalry
(Disbanded)
Peshawar Light Horse
(Disbanded)
Rajghazi Volunteer Cavalry
(Disbanded)
The Volunteer Cavalry
(Disbanded)


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by Stephen Luscombe