The Late Bruce C Cazel Collection of British Campaign Awards

Date of Auction: 16th November 2009

Sold for £360

Estimate: £140 - £180

Four: Havildar Fazal Dad, 29th Punjabis, which unit fired the first shot in anger by the Indian Army in the Great War

India General Service 1895-1902, 1 clasp, Waziristan 1901-2 (3725 Sepoy Fazldad, 29th Pjb. Infy.); 1914-15 Star (No. 3725 Nk. Fazal Dad, 29/Punjabis); British War and Victory Medals (3725 Havr. Fazal Dad, 29 Pjbis.) very fine and better (4)


The 29th Punjabis were part of the Indian Army Expeditionary Force “C” and sailed from India on 19 August 1914, landing in British East Africa on 1 September 1914. Detailed to defend the Uganda Railway line they were credited with firing the first shot in anger by the Indian Army in the Great War. During December 1915-January 1916 the 29th Punjabis were part of the ‘Magadi Division’ before being assigned to the 2nd Brigade, 1st East African Division upon its formation. The 29th Punjabis returned to India in May 1917, moving to Rawalpindi where it joined the 1st (Peshawar) Division. In March 1918 the battalion departed India for Egypt, arriving at Suez in April 1918. It then joined the 233rd Brigade, 75th Division, in Palestine, on 28 April 1918.