In Collaboration With Charles Griffin

Brief History
Although this unit was called the 2nd Regiment of Sikhs for most of its life until 1903, it was from the beginning, in 1846, composed almost entirely of Dogras enlisted for the first time in the army of the East India Comany. Together with a few Pathans and Gurkhas, it was this make-up that promted its title of Hill Corps.

The regiment served with distinction in the Second Afghan War as part of the Punjab Frontier Force. In the First World War they were in India and Mesopotamia and in WW2 they were captured in Malaya by the Japanese in February 1942.

Waistbelt Plate
Post Mutiny
Principal Campaigns and Battles
1878 - 80 Afghanistan
1880 Ahmed Khel
1880 Kandahar
Predecessor Units
2nd Regiment of the Frontier Force
(1846 - 1847)
2nd (or Hill) Sikh Local Infantry
(1847 - 1857)
2nd (or Hill) Sikh Infantry, Punjab Irregular Force
(1857 - 1865)
2nd (or Hill) Sikh Infantry, Punjab Frontier Force
(1865 - 1901)
2nd (or Hill) Sikh Infantry
(1901 - 1903)
Successor Units
2nd/12th Frontier Force Regiment
(1922 - 1947)
Post-Independence Fate
To Pakistan
Suggested Reading
A Matter of Honour
by Philip Mason

India's Army
by Donovan Jackson

Regiments and Corps of the British Army: A Critical Bibliography
by Roger Perkins

Sons of John Company
by John Gaylor

Armies of India
Painted by Lovett, Text by Macmunn

The Indian Army
by Boris Mollo

Forces of the British Empire
by E. Nevins and B. Chandler

Indian Army Uniforms - Infantry
by W. Y. Carman

Sergeant Pearman's Memoirs
by Anglesey, the Marquess of

Soldier Sahibs
by Charles Allen

The Bengal Native Infantry
by Dr Amiya Barat,

An Account of the War in India Between the English and French on the Coast of Coromandel, From the Year 1750 to the Year 1761
by Richard Owen Cambridge

Sketch of the Services of the Bengal Native Army
by Lt Cardew

The Indian Army: The Garrison of British Imperial India
by Heathcote

Britain's Army in India from its Origins to the Conquest of Bengal
by James Lawford

The Battle Honours of the British and Indian Armies
by Leslie

Sikh Soldier; Battle Honours and Sikh Soldier; Gallantry Awards by Narindar Singh Dhesi

A Matter of Honour: An Account of the Indian Army, its Officers and Men
by P Mason

A History of Military Transactions of the British Nation in Indostan from the Year 1745
by R Orme

From Sepoy to Subedar
by Sita Ram

Forty-one Years in India
by Earl Roberts

Wellington in India
by Weller

The Bengal Native Infantry
by Captain Williams

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