This article is about the war-raised 2nd Battalion 28th Punjabis and will help you to research the Battalion and those who served with it during the First World War. I have also written a separate article for 1st Battalion 28th Punjabis and a series of guides to help you research soldiers who served in the Indian Army in the First World War:
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The 2nd Battalion 28th Punjabis in the First World War
Lineage: The 2nd Battalion 28th Punjabis was formed at Jhelum (Punjab, Pakistan) on 13th August 1918 and disbanded in 1919. For a history of the Regiment’s lineage see my page on the 1st Battalion 28th Punjabis.
Class Composition of Battalion in April 1919: 1 Company of Pathans, 1 Company of Punjabi Mussalmans, 1 Company of Dogras, and 1 Company of Sikhs.
The 2nd Battalion 28th Punjabis was a short-lived Indian infantry battalion formed at Jhelum (Punjab, Pakistan) on 13th August 1918. Below is a list of British officers serving with the Battalion taken from the April 1919 Indian Army List. Of the 20 officers with the Battalion, only two had been officers in the pre-war Indian Army. The majority were either Indian Army officers on probation or drawn from the Indian Army Reserve of Officers (I.A.R.O.). This was the typical composition of a war-raised Indian battalion in the latter stage of the war. The Battalion’s commanding officer was Acting Lieutenant-Colonel Eustace Clementi Smith who was appointed from the 22nd Punjabis on 13 August 1918. The Battalion served in India for the duration of the First World War and was disbanded in 1919.
War Diaries for the 2nd Battalion 28th Punjabis
Unfortunately, there are no war diaries for the 2nd Battalion 28th Punjabis.
Further Sources for the 2nd Battalion 28th Punjabis
There are few sources of information concerning the Battalion due to its brief existence. Unfortunately, there is no confidential report available for the Battalion. The Indian Army List can be consulted for information regarding the British and Indian officers who served with the Battalion.