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31st Indian Brigade

31st Indian Brigade
Active 2 January 1915 – 13 February 1916
Country  British India
Allegiance British Crown
Branch  British Indian Army
Type Infantry
Size Brigade
Part of 11th Indian Division
10th Indian Division

First World War

Sinai and Palestine Campaign
Actions on the Suez Canal

The 31st Indian Brigade was an infantry brigade of the British Indian Army that saw active service with the Indian Army during the First World War. It served in Egypt in 1915 before being broken up in February 1916.


  • History 1
  • Orders of battle 2
  • Commander 3
  • See also 4
  • Notes 5
  • References 6
  • Bibliography 7
  • External links 8


The 11th Indian Division was formed in Egypt on 24 December 1914, taking under command the 22nd (Lucknow) and 32nd (Imperial Service) Brigades. The 31st Indian Brigade was formed in January 1915 as the division's third brigade and served with it on the Suez Canal Defences. After the defeat of the Turkish attempts to cross the canal on 3–4 February 1915, the division acted as a relieving depot for the divisions in France.[1] The division was broken up on 31 May 1915 and the brigade came under direct command of the Suez Canal Defences.[3]

On 7 January 1916, the 10th Indian Division was reformed as part of the Suez Canal District, and the brigade joined it. The need to return depleted units that had served in France to India meant that this was short-lived. The brigade was broken up in February and the division followed in March.[4]

Orders of battle


The brigade was commanded throughout its existence by Brigadier-General A.H. Bingley.[7][8]

See also


  1. ^ The infantry divisions in France were the 3rd (Lahore)[1] and 7th (Meerut).[2]


  1. ^ Perry 1993, p. 53
  2. ^ Perry 1993, p. 89
  3. ^ Perry 1993, p. 122
  4. ^ Perry 1993, p. 118
  5. ^ Perry 1993, p. 120
  6. ^ Perry 1993, p. 116
  7. ^ Perry 1993, p. 119
  8. ^ Perry 1993, p. 115


  • Perry, F.W. (1993). Order of Battle of Divisions Part 5B. Indian Army Divisions. Newport, Gwent: Ray Westlake Military Books.  

External links

  • by PB ChappellThe Regimental Warpath 1914 - 191810th Indian Division on at the Wayback Machine (archived 17 May 2008)
  • by PB ChappellThe Regimental Warpath 1914 - 191811th Indian Division on at the Wayback Machine (archived 17 May 2008)
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