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peter blackwell

Can anyone please tell me,when were the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, evacuated to India from Mesopotamia? 

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seaJane

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peter blackwell

Thats correct but when did the 8th battalion leave Mesopotamia to go to India? the links provided don't say. thanks pete

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charlie962

sJ's link to LLT 13 Div suggests Div was broken up Feb/March 1919 in Mespot. Do you know that the 8th went to India ?

 

Their War Diary here shows they were still at Amara 28/2/19 but substantial demob in Feb meant less than 250 men on strength 28/2/19. Diary ends there.

 

Charlie

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peter blackwell

Yes the 8th Royal Welsh were evacuated to india and fought in the Third Anglo Afghan war. I was just wondering when they went there  

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kenf48

As previously noted the 13th Division was broken up in Amara, and as an entity ceased to exist in March 1919.  

 

Demobilisation was a prolonged process, the miners went first until eventually the Battalions were reduced to cadre.  As mentioned in your other post my interest is the 4th SWB who were in the same Brigade (40th) as the 8th RWF,  I can’t answer your query regarding the RWF though there are specialists on the forum.

 

That said, the 4th Bn SWB began demobilisation in theatre from November 1918.  The route home was via Karachi, when the cadre of the 4th Battalion landed at Karachi it was sent to Rawalpindi for ‘several weeks’ due to the unrest on the N W Frontier (Third Afghan War).  They finally left India on July 26th 1919 on the transport Malwa, together with the cadre of the 8 RWF and others.  Influenza broke out on the journey home and on arrival at Plymouth on the 16 August they were quarantined.  It appears that it was only the cadres of each Battalion that were deployed on active service in India.

 

Ken

 

 

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peter blackwell

thanks very much Pete

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