(Last Updated on : 31/10/2012)
The Assam Valley Light Horse was a part of the Cavalry Reserve of the British Army in India and was formed by the British East India Company
. The headquarters of the regiment was located at Dibrugarh
. After the nation acquired independence from the rule of the British Empire in India
on 15th August 1947, the army unit was dissolved. The light horse regiment was almost equal in strength to an army battalion. The troops generally fought as mounted infantry than conventional cavalry.
In the year 1899, a part of the army personnel from the Assam Valley Light Horse regiment was included into the Indian Mounted Infantry Corps, also known as the Lumsden's Horse regiment. It was raised by Lieutenant Colonel Dugald Mactavish Lumsden in 1899 in Calcutta (now Kolkata
). The unit included volunteers from several existing British Indian army regiments, including the Assam Valley Light Horse.
The uniform of the battalion included Khaki drill with steel shoulder chains and Blue Mess uniform with white facings in the year 1901. The uniform was modified in 1940 and included Blue uniform with White facing and a badge containing the inscription A.V.L.H.
The Assam Valley Light Horse unit served in various battles and campaigns conducted by the British administration. A detachment of 12 army personnel and one officer participated in the conquest against the Abors from 1911 to 1912. The unit also had detachments at Mangaldai, Bishnath, Tezpur, Gauhati (Guwahati), Salonah, North Lakhimpur, Numalighur, Panbarrz, Jorhat, Sibsagar, Sonari, Moran, Margherita, Panitola and Doom Dooma.
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