Inniskillings to Internal Security, Lahore (India)

Event
Tuesday, 15 October, 1946

The 1st Battalion The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, after nearly one year as Demonstration Battalion at Dehra Dun in the Himalayan foothills, moved to Rawalpindi in the (now Pakistan) Punjab, during early January 1946, where its role was the 10th Indian Division's reserve for operations on the North-West Frontier. Such operations had little to do with Second World War experiences in Burma and were more a return to the early 1900s with expertise required in moving by columns covered by picqueting. From May onwards, one company was detached on monthly rotation to Gharial, a cool and pleasant hill camp near Murree.

During the trooping of the Regimental Colour on St Lucia Day on 24 May 1946, the Inniskillings wore topees for the very last time while the parade was reviewed by The Colonel of The Regiment, Field Marshal Sir Claude Auchinleck (who was also the Commander-in-Chief India).

During July, when general civil unrest grew as independence and partition approached, the Battalion was ordered from Rawalpindi to Lahore on 'Internal Security' duties. The 1st Inniskillings departed on the short rail journey to Lahore on 15 October 1946 and were piped away from Rawalpindi railway station by one hundred pipers from The Baluch Regiment that was commanded by Lt Col Brian Montgomery (Field Marshal Montgomery's brother).

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