Vaughns Rifles was originally raised in 1849 as the 5th Regiment of Punjab Infantry. Lord Kitchener’s Indian Army reforms of 1903 meant the regiment’s designation was changed to 58th Vaughan’s Rifles (Frontier Force).
During the First World War, the regiment was sent with Force A to France to serve with the 21st Infantry Brigade part of the 7th Meerut Division. At the end of 1915, the regiment was sent to Egypt where it initially served with the 31st Indian Brigade and then in 1916, it was transferred to the 20th Indian Brigade. It then served with the Egyptian Expeditionary force for the remainder of the war.
This volume is of particular interest for its coverage of the story of the desertion of Jemadar Mir Mast and others of the regiment’s Afridi Company.
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