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8th (Lucknow) Division

8th (Lucknow) Division
Active 1903 – 1922
Country British India
Allegiance British Crown
Branch British Indian Army
Type Infantry
Role Internal Security
Size Division
Part of Northern Army
HQ Lucknow

The 8th (Lucknow) Division was a formation of the British Indian Army's Northern Army that was first formed as a result of the Kitchener reforms of the Indian Army in 1903.[1] The Division remained in India on internal security duties during World War I,[2][3] though the 8th (Lucknow) Cavalry Brigade was transferred to the 1st Indian Cavalry Division and served in France on the Western Front,[4] and the 22nd Lucknow Infantry Brigade served as part of the 11th Indian Division in Egypt.[5]

Division formation in 1914

8th (Lucknow) Cavalry Brigade

Commander: Major General Cookson

22nd Lucknow Infantry Brigade

Commander: Major General A Wilson

Fyzabad Brigade

Commander: Brigadier General Kavangh

Allahabad Brigade

Commander: Brigadier General Cowper

Presidency Brigade

Presidency Brigade was based in Calcutta.
Commander: Major General May



  1. ^ Oxford History of the British Army
  2. ^ a b c d e f Chappell, PB. "8th (Lucknow) Division". The Regimental Warpath 1914 - 1918. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Indian 8th Division: An Outline History". 1 March 2006. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Chappell, PB. "1st Indian Cavalry Division". The Regimental Warpath 1914 - 1918. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Chappell, PB. "11th Indian Division". The Regimental Warpath 1914 - 1918. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f Watson, Dr. Graham (25 March 2001). "The Indian Army 1914". Retrieved 8 July 2014. 

Further reading

  • Perry, F.W. & Becke, A.F. (1945). History of the Great War: Order of Battle of Divisions: Indian Army Divisions Pt. 5B. London HMSO. ISBN 1-871167-23-X
  • Haythornthwaite P.J. (1992). The World War One Sourcebook, Arms and Armour Press.
  • Moberly, F.J. (1923). Official History of the War: Mesopotamia Campaign, Imperial War Museum. ISBN 1-870423-30-5
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