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2nd Battalion 43rd Erinpura Regiment in the First World War
Lineage: The 2nd Battalion 43rd Erinpura Regiment was formed at Ahmedabad on 23 June 1917 and disbanded on the 20 July 1920. For a history of the Regiment’s lineage see my page on the 1st Battalion 43rd Erinpura Regiment.
Class Composition of Battalion in 1919: 2 Companies of Rajputana Hindus and Musalmans and 2 Companies Gaur Brahmans.
The 2nd Battalion 43rd Erinpura Regiment was a short-lived, war-raised Indian infantry battalion formed at Ahmedabad (Amdavad, Gujarat) on 23 June 1917. The Battalion was initially commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel John Archer Loudon, and its British officers were chiefly drawn from the Indian Army Reserve of Officers (I.A.R.O.) or Indian Army officers on probation. On 18 April 1919, Lieutenant-Colonel Reginald Edmonstone Cheyne (son-in-law of the writer Sir Henry Rider Haggard) was appointed to the Battalion and commanded it until its disbandment. The Battalion served with Southern Command during its short existence. The extract below was taken from the July 1918 Indian Army List and recorded the British officers serving with the Battalion.
The activities of the 2nd Battalion 43rd Erinpura Regiment can be found by consulting its confidential reports. Below is a partial transcript of Confidential review reports on Indian Army units, depots, British officers, etc for 1918-1919 IOR/L/MIL/7/17030:
Drill, Manoeuvres and Marching – Has been handicapped by large numbers required for duties in Bombay, and the unit is not yet up to the standard in marching.
Major-General W. Knight, Commanding Bombay Brigade
I inspected a wing of this regiment at Santa Cruz on 14th February 1919. In spite of the difficulties as to training experienced owing to the large number of men employed on guards, etc., in Bombay the training of the regiment in elementary matters is making good progress and showed distinctly marked improvement though the unit is still a backward one. There was a serious case of indiscipline at Baroda on the 18th August. A fracas between 2-43rd and 111th Mahars.
Lieutenant-General C. A. Anderson
The Battalion’s confidential report for the next year, see below for full catalogue information, was poor and it was disbanded shortly afterwards:
Not a satisfactory report. Regiment seems to have had little opportunity of becoming efficient.
Brigadier-General S. R. Davidson, Commanding 5th (Mhow) Division. 13 February 1920
An unsatisfactory report.
Lieutenant-General W. R. Marshall, Commanding Southern Command. 22 March 1920.
The 2nd Battalion 43rd Erinpura Regiment was disbanded on the 20 July 1920.
War Diaries of the 2nd Battalion 43rd Erinpura Regiment
Unfortunately, there are no war diaries for the 2nd Battalion 43rd Erinpura Regiment.
Further Sources for the 2nd Battalion 43rd Erinpura Regiment
Information regarding British and Indian officers who served with the Battalion can be found in the Indian Army List. The two confidential reports quoted from above are held at the British Library:
- Confidential review reports on Indian Army units, depots, British officers, etc for 1918-1919 IOR/L/MIL/7/17030.
- Confidential review reports on Indian Army units, depots, British officers, etc for 1919-1920 IOR/L/MIL/7/17031.