The Story of the Guides eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 176 pages of information about The Story of the Guides.


Sir Harry Lumsden, who raised the Guides, from a portrait made when he was commanding the corps Front.

Afridis on the war-path To face page 8

Ressaldar Fatteh Khan, Khuttuk, who at
the head of seventy men of the Guides’
Cavalry defeated and drove into
Mooltan a Brigade of Sikh Cavalry,
from a picture by W. Carpenter.  By
kind permission of General Sir Peter
Lumsden, G.C.B. " 24

A Picquet of the Guides’ Infantry
bivouacking " 40

A Scout of the Guides’ Cavalry warning his Infantry Comrades.  The small man on the right is a Gurkha " 70

A non-commissioned officer of the Guides’
Infantry " 80

An Afridi of the Guides’ Infantry " 92

The Memorial Arch and Tank to the memory of Sir Louis Cavignari and the officers and non-commissioned officers and men of the Guides killed in the defence of the Kabul Residency, September 3, 1879.  In the foreground is a brass cannon captured during the Relief of Chitral " 104

Statue of Lieutenant Walter Hamilton,
erected in Dublin Museum " 107

A Trooper of the Guides’ Cavalry
Types of men in the Guides’ Infantry " 136

Types of men in the Guides’ Cavalry, both
in uniform and mufti " 144

Non-commissioned Officer and Trooper of
the Guides’ Cavalry " 162

Thirty-four wearers of the Star “For
Valour,” all serving at one time in
the Corps of Guides.  This is the
highest distinction open to an Indian
soldier for gallantry in action.  The
group illustrates the variety of tribes
enlisted in the Guides—­Afridis,
Yusafzai Pathans, Khuttuks, Sikhs,
Punjabi Mahomedans, Punjabi Hindus,
Farsiwans (Persians), Dogras, Gurkhas,
Kabulis, Turcomans, &c., &c., most of
whom are here represented " 172

The old Graveyard at Mardan " 190

The Church at Mardan " 194




It is given to some regiments to spread their achievements over the quiet centuries, while to the lot of others it falls to live, for a generation or two, in an atmosphere of warlike strife and ever present danger.  The Guides have been, from a soldier’s point of view, somewhat fortunate in seeing much service during the past sixty years; and thus their history lends itself readily to a narrative which is full of adventure and stirring deeds.  The story of those deeds may, perchance, be found of interest to those at home, who like to read the gallant record of the men who fight their battles in remote and unfamiliar corners of the Empire across the seas.

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