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2nd (Derajat) Indian Mountain Battery, R.A. (Frontier Force), 1928
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2nd (Derajat) Indian Mountain Battery, R.A. (Frontier Force), 1928

Measurements: Height overall: 13in (33cm)

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Silver presentation figure of an officer of the Bengal Artillery in mid eighteenth century uniform. Mounted on an ebonised base applied at the sides with silver titles ‘No. 2 / Mountain / 1889’ and ‘1st / Bengal / 1749’, the front also applied with silver plaque bearing battle honours of the 1st Company Bengal Artillery and successor units from the Battle of Plassey to Salonika 1916. Impressed Mappin & Webb to the reverse of the silver base. Hallmarked London 1928.

The present figure connects No. 2 Mountain Battery’s lineage to the history of 1st Company, Bengal Artillery which was raised in 1749. When Fort William was captured by Siraj ud-Daulah, the Nawab of Bengal, in June 1756, forty-five artillerymen of the 1st Company perished alongside 78 other Europeans in the small dungeon known to history as the Black Hole of Calcutta, vengeance for which was exacted at Plassey in June 1757. No. 2 Mountain Battery was the new title in 1876 of the No. 3 Punjab Horse Light Field Battery, which was part of the Punjab Frontier Force and was raised in 1851 from disbanded Sikh artillerymen following the Second Sikh War (1848-49). No. 2 Mountain Battery was successively retitled 2nd Derajat Mountain Battery, Royal Artillery (Punjab Frontier Force), in 1879; Derajat Mountain Battery in 1901; 22nd Derajat Mountain Battery (F.F.) in 1903; 22nd Derajat Pack Battery in 1920; and 102nd (Derajat) Pack Battery (Frontier Force) in 1922.

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