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I am trying to find any information on the Baluch Camel Corps especially the period around 1900 - 1910


if anyone can point me in the correct direction would be appreciated





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The Baloch Regiment had  associations with the State Forces of  Bahwalpur, which raised a Camel Transport Corp.  Is that what you are referring to?

 In 1889, a small force from Bahawalpur was accepted as Imperial Service Troops, placing them at the disposal of the British for use in emergencies. However, it was not until the 20th century that these units began training on modern lines. In 1901, Bahawalpur State raised a camel baggage train with an escort of mounted infantry, called the Bahawalpur Imperial Service Mounted Rifles and Camel Transport Corps, which would go on to become the 1st Bahawalpur Sadiq Battalion in 1924.

If you Google 'Baloch Regiment' you may find more info. :)



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Hi Peter

The reason for the interest is I have just purchased a AGSM with 2 clasps awarded to a member of the  Baluch Camel Corps so are always interested in the involvement of the unit






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19 hours ago, cazack said:

Hi Peter

The reason for the interest is I have just purchased a AGSM with 2 clasps awarded to a member of the  Baluch Camel Corps so are always interested in the involvement of the unit.

Nice!  I lived in West Africa for two years and always coveted at least one AGSM but not long after got married and invested all my 'spare' cash in silly things like rent and food.  And children. ;)

That must have been the first campaign, then for a unit formed in 1901.  I wonder if some canny Poilitical Officer or army liason type persuaded  the Nawab to form this unit soit wouyld be available for African adventures?

Paul's point is interesting too.  I suspect you may have more luck researching the Somali CC, a much better known unit, I think.  With luck, perhaps, references to the BCC in those accounts too?  Good luck!


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" In October a hired Camel Corps of 972 camels arrived from Baluchistan, but these beasts were from cold regions and were long-haired, and unsuitable for work in Somaliland."


The above is from an article of mine that might interest you at:





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