Indian gunner of the 7th Meerut Division, wearing gas masks as protection against German gas shells 1915
Two divisions of Indian troops were sent to France with their artillery and other arms. By 26 September 1914 Meerut Division and Lahore Division of Indian Troops arrived at Marseilles.
The following was the composition of Meerut Division Indian troops which left India:
Lieut.-Gcneral C. A. Anderson, C.B. (late R.A.)
DEHRA DUN BRIGADE:
Brig.-General C. E. Johnson (Indian Army)
1 Seaforth Highlanders
1 Battalion 9 Gurkhas
2 Battalion 2 Gurkhas
6 Jat Light Infantry
Major-General H. D’U. Keary, C.B., D.S.O. (Indian Army)
2 Battalion 3 Gurkhas
1 Battalion 39 Garhwal Rifles
2 BattaUon 39 Garhwal Rifles
Major-General F. Macbean, C.V.O., C.B.
(late Gordon Highlanders)
2 Black Watch
58 Rifles (Frontier Force)
2 Battalion 8 Gurkhas
3 and 4 Companies Sappers and Miners
Headquarters Divisional Engineers
Headquarters Divisional Artillery.
4, 9 and 13 Brigades R.F.A.
110 Heavy Battery
The biographical information has been researched and compiled from the following resources:
- Australian War Memorial – https://www.awm.gov.au/
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission – http://www.cwgc.org/
- National Archives of Australia – http://www.naa.gov.au/
- National Library of Australia Trove Digitised Newspapers Database – http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper
- Parramatta and District soldiers who fought in the great war, 1914-1919. (1920). Parramatta, N.S.W. : The Cumberland Argus Ltd. – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9iAn5sxT0i8ZHgyZjR2UHRxVUU/edit
- The National Archives (UK) – http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
- University of New South Wales Canberra The AIF Project – https://www.aif.adfa.edu.au/index.html