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The North Western Railway Battalion was an auxiliary unit of the former British Indian Army
. It was a part of the British Indian Volunteer Corps and was formed on 5th March 1886 as the Sind, Punjab
and Indus Valley
Railways Volunteer Rifle Corps. The military battalion included personnel from the North Western Railway which was formed in 1886. It was re-designated as the 3rd Punjab (North Western Railway) Volunteer Rifle Corps in 1888. Later on 27th July 1892, the North Western Railway Battalion was again renamed as the North Western Railway Volunteer Rifles. The uniform of the troops included Khaki serge and drill formals. The uniform was changed to khaki formal dress in 1940. The military badge included the inscriptions "N.W. Railway".
The North Western Railway Battalion provided military support to the units of the regular British Indian Army during the conflict in the North West Frontier. The troops also served during the First World War. The regiment was stationed in the East Africa during the Great War. The armed force designated as the 24th North Western Railway Battalion on 1st April 1917. Later it was renamed as the North Western Railway Regiment on 1st October 1920. On 1st April 1933, the North Western Railway Battalion finally re-designated as the North Western Railway Battalion.
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