HC Deb 16 May 1916 vol 82 c1345
55. Sir J. JARDINE

asked the Secretary of State for India if he will state what arrangements have been made for creating a military force of Anglo-Indians; whether the numbers have been fixed for each arm; and whether units will be attached to particular provinces?


Enlistment in the Regular British Army has now been opened to the domiciled Anglo-Indian community, for general service with British troops for the duration of the War. The conditions of pay, pensions, etc., of officers, non-commissioned officers, and men will be identical with those of British troops serving in India. Two field troops Cavalry, one section Field Artillery, and sixteen platoons of Infantry will be raised in the first instance. The Infantry will be recruited on a Territorial basis. The units will be attached for training to British Cavalry regiments, to Regular Royal Field Artillery batteries, and to Regular battalions of British Infantry, as the case may be. After completion of training a unit or any part of a unit will be liable to be sent to any British unit of the same arm of the Regulars or Territorials serving in India or on active service.