'Terriers' in India

British Territorials 1914-19

Peter Stanley

Some 50,000 British Territorials served in India during the Great War. Astonishingly, it has taken a century for a book on them to be written.
Date Published :
April 2019
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Language:
English
Series :
War and Military Culture in South Asia, 1757-1947
Illustration :
54 b/w photos, 9 b/w ills, 8 maps
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781912390823
Pages : 364
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Overview
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Some 50,000 British Territorials served in India during the Great War. Astonishingly, it has taken a century for a book on them to be written. The Territorials – citizen soldiers, members of a force formed before the war for home defense – never expected to serve abroad, but volunteered for ‘Imperial Service’ at Lord Kitchener’s request. Instead of going to France, in 1914 they went to India, to release Regulars for the front. The Territorials – ‘Terriers’ – became responsible at first for garrison duty, not trusted to fight in Mesopotamia or on the North-West Frontier. Gradually, they gained the skill to be sent to war, and most of the 41 Territorial battalions sent to India saw active service, in Mesopotamia, in Frontier campaigns, in Aden and in the Third Anglo-Afghan war of 1919. (Territorials were retained in India for up to a year after the Armistice, unhappily.) Terriers in India, based on the abundant but almost untouched holdings of county archives and regimental museums mainly in southern English counties, tells their story for the first time. It shows how novice citizen soldiers learned to act as sahibs, how they responded to India and its people (often sensitively) and took part in the most dramatic upheaval in British India since the 1857 Mutiny. Terriers in India is a rich mix of social and military history, ranging from cantonment bungalows, bazaars and brothels to sangers on the Frontier and tragic actions on the Tigris; battles in which the Terriers played a full part.

About The Author
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Prof. Peter Stanley of the University of NSW Canberra is one of Australia’s most distinguished military-social historians. Formerly the Principal Historian at the Australian War Memorial, Australia’s national military museum, he has published over thirty books, many in Australian military history, and especially on the world wars. In 2011 his book Bad Characters: Sex, Crime, Mutiny, Murder and the Australian imperial Force, was jointly awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History. Peter has published several books on the military social history of British India, including White Mutiny (1998), the first book on the British soldiers’ protest of 1859-60 in Bengal and Die in Battle, Do not Despair (2015), the first book on Indians on Gallipoli.

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