I have been doing some light research on the Khyber Rifles and I have few items to discuss. The first is that I quickly became confused about the leadership of the Khyber Rifles. Wikipedia (I know, I know...
) is very vague about the origins of the regiment, but it states that Robert Warburton was the first commandant and held the position until 1899 when Aslam Khan took his place (and became the first Muslim commandant). Other sites, including the FIBIS wiki, stated that the regiment was raised by one "Captain Gais Ford" and that he was commandant until 1881 when Aslam Khan took over. These sites do not even mention Warburton. I have not taken the time to read through Warburton's Eighteen Years in the Khyber
to verify his time or relationship with the regiment, but a bit of research has led to a few conclusions. The first is that there was no "Gais Ford". There was, however, a Gilbert Gaisford of the 5th Punjab Infantry who served as the first commandant of the Khyber Jezailchis (later, the Khyber Rifles). He is listed as commandant in the Hart's Annual Army List
for 1880, but not in the 1881 list. Presumably when Khan or Warburton took over(?). If anyone can straighten me out on Warburton's relationship with the Khyber Jezailchis/Rifles I would be most grateful.
My second item is a question. I have seen photos and video of Khyber Rifles bagpipers. What relationship did the regiment have with the Scottish Highlands that would influence the use of pipers? Or would these have been common instruments in other regiments?
Thank you in advance!