Killed subedar bakht khan !
Killed subedar bakht khan !

Killed subedar bakht khan !

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KILLED SUBEDAR BAKHT KHAN IN JULY 1859 AND DEFECTED TO GERMAN LINES IN 1915 58TH VAUGHANS RIFLES (FF)

VAUGHAN KI PALTAN WAS RAISED BY CAPTAIN J.E GASTRELL ORIGINALLY FROM 13TH BENGAL NATIVE INFANTRY AS 5TH PUNJAB INFANTRY-5TH REGT OF PUNJAB INFANTRY PUNJAB IRREGULAR FORCE IN 1851—5TH REGT OF INF PUNJAB FRONTIER FORCE IN 1865—5TH PUNJAB INFANTRY IN 1901—THE BATTALION WAS FIRST EMPLOYED AGAINST DG KHAN TRIBES QAISARANIS ETC AND VOLUNTEERED FOR BURMA IN 1852 WHICH WAS NOT ACCEPTED HOWEVER—RECEIVED ITS COLOURS IN AUGUST 1852—IN MAY 1858 THE BATTALION WAS ASKED TO OCCUPY ATTOCK FORT THEN HELD BY DETACHMENT OF 58TH BENGAL NATIVE INFANTRY---THE UNIT WAS EMPLOYED AGAINST REBELS AT NOWSHERA AND LATER STATIONED AT MARDAN—THE UNIT WAS EMPLOYED AGAINST PASHTUN INSURGENTS AT SHAIKH JANA AND AGAINST MAULVI INAYAT ALI A PASHTUN REBEL—THE UNIT WAS ORDERED TO HINDUSTAN IN DEC 1857 AND REACHED MEERUT IN FEB 1858--THE BATTALION SAW ACTION IN TERAI/OUDH IN 1858-59 BUT WAS NOT GRANTED ANY BATTLE HONOUR-IT WON ITS FIRST MAJOR BATTLE HONOUR IN SECOND AFGHAN WAR I.E “PEIWAR KOTAL “ , “CHARASIAB” , “KABUL AND “AFGHANISTAN-1878-80 ”—THE UNIT TOOK PART IN VARIOUS OPERATIONS AGAINST REBELS ON OUDH FRONTIER AND ENTERED NEPAL VARIOUS TIMES IN PURSUIT OF REBELS– THE REGIMENTS 100 PERCENT PATHAN COMPANY KILLED SUBEDAR BAKHT KHAN ON 14TH MAY 1859—FOR THIS TWO MEN NAIK HABIBULLAH AND SEPOY FAQIR SHAH RECEIVED THIRD CLASS OF INDIAN ORDER OF MERIT—IN 1859 THE UNIT WAS ASKED TO VOLUNTEER FOR CHINA-THE RESPONSE WAS ABOUT 55 % OR SO AND MOSTLY SIKHS VOLUNTEERED WHILE PATHANS AND PUNJABI MUSLIMS WERE HESITATANT—IN JANUARY 1860 THE BATTALION WAS ORDERED TO LAHORE—VAUGHAN WAS ORIGINALLY 21ST BENGAL NATIVE INFANTRY AND FIRST POSTED TO 2ND PUNJAB INFANTRY—HE TOOK COMMAND OF 5TH PUNJAB INFANTRY AND ORGANISED IT IN CLASS COMPANIES—HE COMMANDED THE BATTALION IN THE REBELLION AND LATER RETIRED AS A MAJOR GENERAL—PARTICPATED IN SECOND AFGHAN WAR AND IN AMBEYLA EXPEDITION ETC—SAW ACTION IN FRANCE WHERE MIR MAST AFRIDIS DESERTED TO GERMAN LINES WITH TWO DOZEN AFRIDIS—SAW ACTION IN EGYPT AND PALESTINE AND RENUMBERED 5/13 FF IN 1922—SAW ACTION IN MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA ETC IN WW TWO– TRANSFERRED TO PAKISTAN ARMY IN 1947-FOUGHT 1965 WAR– ITS PERFORMANCE IN KHEM KARAN BATTLES WAS MUCH CRITICISED BY GEN SHAUKAT RIZA-COL MUKHTAR GILLANI AND LT GEN MAHMUD—DID NOT SEE ACTION IN 1971 WAR.

MAJOR A.H AMIN (RETIRED)