Military Operations of 2nd Punjab Irregular Cavalry
The 2nd Punjab Irregular Cavalry unit provided military service on the North West Indian Frontier extensively for the next few years. During the Indian Rebellion, also known as the Sepoy Mutiny, in the year 1857 the troops of the battalion took part in the Siege of Delhi and the Relief of Lucknow. Later the unit fought in the Battle of Agra and also participated in the Campaign in Rohilkhand. Captain Sam Browne, one of the Commanding Officers of the 2nd Punjab Irregular Cavalry regiment, was awarded the Victoria Cross for the significant services provided by the regiment. Captain Dighton Probyn was also honoured with the Victoria Cross during his service in the 2nd Punjab Cavalry.
The army personnel of the 2nd Punjab Cavalry Regiment were united with the Kandahar Field Force during the Second Afghan War from 1878 to 1880. The military unit also actively participated in the Battle of Ahmad Khel in the year 1880. It also provided valuable military service during the First World War and took part in the Campaign to Mesopotamia.
Designations of 2nd Punjab Irregular Cavalry
The 22nd Sam Browne's Cavalry (Frontier Force) regiment went through various changes in its designation and title during the reorganisation and re-grouping of the British Indian Army. They are mentioned below-
* 2nd Punjab Irregular Cavalry in 1849
* 2nd Regiment of Cavalry, Punjab Irregular Force in 1851
* 2nd Regiment of Punjab Cavalry, Punjab Frontier Force in 1861
* 2nd Punjab Cavalry in 1901
* 22nd Cavalry (Frontier Force) in 1903
* 22nd Sam Browne's Cavalry (Frontier Force) in 1904