1909 disturbances in Peshawar

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1909 disturbances in Peshawar

Postby Mark » 24 Dec 2012 21:58

Can anyone point me in the dorection of information concerning disturbances/riots in the Indian city of Peshawar in 1909? I am trying to ascertain what the 2nd Battlion of the North Staffords were doing at this time and it is recorded that they helped quell some disturbances in the city that year. However, what were the circumstances that led to the disturbances and how were they dealt with?

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Re: Disturbances in Peshawar in 1909

Postby Maureene » 26 Dec 2012 05:36

Mark, the Times of India Sep 29, 1909 under a heading "The Indian Army -Cold Weather Reliefs" indicated the 2nd Battalion was to leave Multan for Peshawar on December 14th, arriving December 15th

There seemed to be a significant riot in March 1910 in Peshawar when the troops were called out, according to this NZ newspaper report.
http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bi ... 326.2.17.6

The same incident is briefly mentioned on page 7 of Gun-running and the Indian North-West Frontier by Arnold Keppel, published 1911 Archive.org
http://www.archive.org/stream/gunrunnin ... 6/mode/2up

Perhaps this would be the incident you are interested in?

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Re: Disturbances in Peshawar in 1909

Postby Mark » 26 Dec 2012 13:10

Hi Maureen

The regimental history of the 2/North Staffords (which is a rather brief chapter in a book mainly concerned with the 1st Battalion) mentions it was 1909. However, I have found a number of dates being slightly off in the history and I think you have hit the nail on the head with the religious riots in 1910. The Battalion certainly moved to Peshawar at the very end of 1909 but the disturbances it mentions must be those in early 1910.

Thank you very much for the info and links. It appears this is what I am looking for.

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