INDIAN MUTINY MEDAL
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PRIVATE INDUR 1ST. BATTN B’ MILY POLICE
AFGHANISTAN 1878-79-80 Medal
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SUBR. INDUR 45TH REGT. N.I.
Mutiny medal to the original Rattray Battalion. 45th Sikhs
As per the 1880 IAL
Entered service 27th Feb. 1856
Jemadar 1st May. 1874
Subadar 1st May. 1880
The Government in India decided in 1855 to raise a Corps of Military Police to control the Lower Provinces of Bengal, east of Behar where a rebellion had broken out. The person chosen to raise this body of men was Captain Thomas Rattray of the 64th Regiment of Bengal Infantry, who was currently commanding the Viceroy’s Body-Guard.
It was decided that the Bengal Military Police Battalion should be raised in the Punjab, where a large number of ex-soldiers of the old Sikh Army, who had fought the British, were available
Eighteen months before the Mutiny, Captain Thomas Rattray had recruited at Lahore the Bengal Military Police Battalion of Sikhs, Muslims and Dogras for service in the aboriginal tract of the Santal Parganahs of Bihar.
More popularly known as "Rattray's Sikhs", when the Dinapore Brigade mutinied they were the only troops, save the Lincolnshire Regt, between Calcutta and Benares. Every man volunteered his services, which were availed of to the full, and no corps did more - few as much - as did "Rattray's Sikhs" to restore the authority of the established government in Bihar. The outstanding epic was the defense of the house at Arrah from July 29th to August 2nd, 1857, by 11 civilians and 50 Sikh soldiers of "Rattray's" against 2000 armed mutineers and a vast rabble of insurgent peasantry