History of the 1st Battalion King George V’s Own, Ferozepore Sikhs 11th Sikh Regiment.
1846. Raising of the Regiment.
The Regiment of Ferozepore was raised at the close of the First Sikh war in 1846. The Regiment was raised from ex-soldiers of the Khalsa Army. Mainly recruited from the cis-Sutjej area of the Punjab, Which is known as the Malawi country. Recruits are gradually collected at Ferozepore where Captain G. Tebbs became the first commandant on August 1st 1846.
1857 The Indian Mutiny,
The start of the great Mutiny of the Bengal Army in 1857
Found the Regiment of Ferozepore at Mirzapore where it received orders. To proceed by forced marches to Allahabad, a strong point. Disturbances started in Allahabad on June 5th when the Native Infy: already there mutinied. Lieutenant Brayser the commander quickly paraded his men and disarmed all the guards of the mutinous regiment controlling the situation and saving the Allahabad Fort.
The folowing is an extract from Outrams life;-
'It was Lieutenant Brasyer and his Sikhs, the Regiment of Ferozepore who alone saved the lives of all the Europeans including 250women and children at Allahabad. Had the Fort fallen into the hands of the rebels at this moment the result would have been calamitous’.
General Neil said of the Regiment:-"I must be obliged to Brasyer and his Sikhs who deserve the greatest credit for defending the Fort at Allahabad'.
After Allahabad the Regiment of Ferozepore joined the Ferozepore the Relief of Lucknow under General Havelock'. The Sikhs took the part large port in this campaign and it is commemorated by the unique dual Battle-Honour "Lucknow, Defence and Capture'. For their services General Havelock, promoted all Indian Ranks in the Ferozepore Regiment "a step in rank" and to the Subadar, in lieu of promotion the 1st Class I O.M. As a special distinction for its conduct during the mutiny the Ferozepore Regiment was granted the privilege of securing a "red pagri" as its headress which is still in use today.
NO finer corps is there in the Indian Army than the Loodiana Sikhs
as "Gordon's Sikhs" in 1846. They have seen service in China, 1860-62 ; in the Mutiny ; in Afghanistan, 1878-80, including the battle of Ahmed Khel, the famous march,
and the battle of Candahar ; in the Soudan, 1885, including the battle of Tofrek ; in the Chitral Campaign of 1895 ; and throughout the whole of the Tirah Campaign of 1897. The
regiment is, as its name denotes, a class one, and is recruited entirely front Cis-Sutlej Jat Sikhs, a purely agricultural class of peasant proprietors, whose tradi¬tions allow them to
follow naught but the plough or the drum. Splendid in physique and stout in heart, they make ideal soldiers. Look at the upper group, and say if you would wish
to lead into action a finer body of men. Every man in the group is medalled, and eight have both the late and present I.G.S. medal, and no less than eight of the ten have
four clasps to the latter. Sepoy Atar Singh is the veteran of the group, having seventeen years' service. worn by the Sikh regiments. The quoit as a weapon is a bit out
of date-; but it is still worn by the Sikhs as a badge of their race, and quoit throwing is a popular sport. The silver quoit worn by Bhan Singh in the front of his turban is one of eight
presented by the Prince of Wales for annual competition in each company. Note carefully the second group, and you will see that Naik Ram Singh, Havildar Karani Singh, and
Subadar Gurdit Siugh wear the Order of Merit, the Indian soldier's V.C. Naik Ram Singh has been wounded three times, and the subadar once. Havildar Karam Singh won his Order of
Merit in Central Africa, and both he and Lance-Havildar Kissen Singh wear the Central African medal. Havildar Prem Singh has hair any fair lady might envy, for it is 5ft long.
He takes after Samson in more than the length of his hair, for he is an exceptionally powerful man.