3rd Battalion 32nd Sikh Pioneers

Lineage: The 3rd Battalion 32nd Sikh Pioneers was formed at Sialkot on 13 October 1918 and disbanded in 1919.  For a history of the Regiment’s lineage see my page on the 1st Battalion 32nd Pioneers.

Class Composition of Battalion in 1919: 4 Companies of Mazbi and Ramdasias Sikhs.

The 3rd Battalion 32nd Sikh Pioneers was formed at Sialkot, Punjab (Pakistan) from Mazbi and Ramdasia Sikhs on 13 October 1918. The Battalion would serve with Northern Command during its short existence. On the 22 November 1918, Acting Lieutenant-Colonel George Cecil Hodgson DSO was appointed to command the Battalion from the 23rd Sikh Pioneers. George Hodgson was a long-serving Indian Army officer who was commissioned on 20 January 1897 and had spent his entire career serving with Sikh pioneer battalions. Hodgson had been awarded the Distinguished Service Order for services during the British Invasion of Tibet.

Before the Battalion was disbanded in 1919, it was inspected by Brigadier-General L. W. Y. Campbell, C.M.G., Commanding Sialkot Brigade on 11 January 1919:

General Remarks: This Unit was formed in October 1918 with a nucleus of 250 trained soldiers and 350 recruits. It is now being reduced to a cadre of 250 trained soldiers and 100 recruits.

Confidential review reports on Indian Army units, depots, British officers, etc. for 1918-1919: IOR/L/MIL/7/17030

War Diaries: There are no war diaries for the 3rd Battalion 32nd Sikh Pioneers.

Further Sources: For information regarding British and Indian officers who served with the 3rd Battalion 32nd Sikh Pioneers the Indian Army List can be consulted. There is a single confidential report held for the Battalion at the British Library, however, it is very brief: Confidential review reports on Indian Army units, depots, British officers, etc. for 1918-1919: IOR/L/MIL/7/17030

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