Frontier Force Rifles - George VI Regimental Plaque, 1945
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39cm (15.3in) x 35.5cm (14in)
Cast white metal on polished mahogany escutcheon. Made by George Potter of Aldershot. 1930s-50s catalogue of Henry Potter & Co., Military Musical instrument Makers, of Charing Cross, London refers. ‘Officers’ & Sergeants’ Mess - Wall Plaques - Fully emblazoned with Regimental Title, Crest and Battle Honours. Plaque made to Shield shape or any shape to Regiment’s design. Ideal for wall of Mess or Commanding Officer’s or Adjutant’s Office.’
The Frontier Force Rifles originated in the Punjab Corps of Guides in the 1840s and the five regiments of infantry raised in 1849 by Colonel Henry Lawrence, from veterans of the Sikh army. Renamed in 1851 the Punjab Irregular Force, (Piffers), its five regiments were redesignated in 1903 and afforded the status of Rifle Regiments. In the 1922 they became the five regular battalions of the newly formed 13th Frontier Force Rifles, until 1945 when all the regiments of the British Indian Army dropped their prenominal numbers.
Battle Honours of the F.F.R.: - Delhi 1857, Lucknow, Peiwar Kotal, Charasiah, Kabul 1879, Afghanistan 1878–80, Tirah, Punjab Frontier, China 1900, La Bassée 1914, Messines 1914, Armentières 1914, Festubert 1914, Givenchy 1914, Neuve Chapelle, Ypres 1915, St. Julien, Aubers, Festubert 1915, Loos, France and Flanders 1914–15, Suez Canal, Egypt 1915–17, Gaza, El Mughar, Nebi Samwil, Jerusalem, Megiddo, Sharon, Palestine 1917–18, Tigris 1916, Kut al Amara 1917, Baghdad, Mesopotamia 1916–18, Persia 1918–19, Aden, East Africa 1916–18, NW Frontier India 1917, Baluchistan 1918, Afghanistan 1919, Gash Delta, Barentu, Keren, Ad Teclesan, Amba Alagi, Abyssinia 1940–41, Deir ez Zor, Raqaa, Syria 1941, Gazala, Sidi Rezegh 1942, Gambut, Mersa Matruh, North Africa 1940–43, The Trigno, Tufillo, The Sangro, Impossible Bridge, Villa Grande, Cassino II, Gustav Line, Pignataro, Advance to Florence, Gothic Line, Monte Grande, The Senio, Bologna, Monte Sole, Italy 1943–45, North Malaya, Kota Bharu, Johore, Gemas, The Muar, Singapore Island, Malaya 1941–42, Pegu 1942, Taukkyan, Monywa 1942, Shwegyin, North Arakan, Point 551, Mayu Tunnels, Maungdaw, Ngakyedauk Pass, Imphal, Litan, Arakan Beaches, Myebon, Ramree, Mandalay, Myinmu, Meiktila, Nyaungu Bridgehead, Capture of Meiktila, Defence of Meiktila, Taungtha, Myingyan, The Irawaddy, Yenaungyaung 1945, Magwe, Rangoon Road, Pegu 1945, Sittang 1945, Burma 1942–45.