I missed this message first time around, but I'm having a tea break, so thought I'd pop in a few answers (apologies, David, you've probably discovered all this now, so - just for the record...)
Eckert1968 wrote:Does anyone know when the 2nd Battalion, 11th (North Devonshire) Regiment arrived in India and on what troopship? Where were they stationed before they started their movement towards Kandahar?
The 11th Foot left England aboard the Serapis on 9th Feb 1877. I am not sure of the exact date they arrived at Bombay, but it would be about four or five weeks later (edit: have since researched it, they arrived Bombay 13 Mar).
Before being ordered to the Afghan border in July 1880, the regiment was at Karachi and Hyderabad.
Eckert1968 wrote:When did 2/11th Regiment make it to Sibi and begin their trek through the Bolan Pass to Quetta?
When did they arrive in Quetta?
When did they pass through the Khojak Pass?
The 11th moved by successive companies, so not all men of the regiment would have necessarily arrived and departed various locations on the same date. The regiment was to gather at Quetta, but on receiving the news of the defeat at Maiwand, they were hurried on to Gulistan Karez. By 24th Aug 1880, one wing was at Gulistan Karez, and the other was at Quetta. They reached Kandahar on the 18th Sep 1880.
Eckert1968 wrote:How long did the 2/11th Regiment stay in Afghanistan? After leaving Afghanistan where were they stationed in India until 1885?
They left Karachi for Afghanistan on 23 July 1880 and left Kandahar on 15th Apr 1881, arriving at Quetta on 1st May (as Ann says above, it looks like they crossed the actual Indian border on 9th May) and then headed for Jullundur. The 2/11th (Devonshire) went from India to Burma in 1890 and were back in England on 14 Apr 1893 (after being stopped in Egypt for a short while).
Eckert1968 wrote:Did members of the 2/11th receive Afghan medals for their part?
Yes, they received the single Afghan War medal.