Ships and embarkation dates for regiments involved in the
Second Anglo-Afghan War travelling to and from India
Researched and compiled by Garen Ewing © 2010 (updated Jan 2014)

The following table shows the dates of embarkation and disembarkation for British regiments who were involved in the Second Anglo-Afghan War 1878-1880 and their journeys from the United Kingdom to India (including any service en-route, eg. in Africa). The primary source has been a range of British nineteenth-century newspapers (see sources at foot), so accuracy is only as correct as the reports, though they have been double-checked where possible.

The Suez Canal was opened in 1869, and until 1873 British troops were usually conveyed to India by disembarking at Alexandria and then taking the overland train to Suez where a second troopship would transport the regiment to India. From 1873 onwards the journey would normally be continuous from Portsmouth (England) or Queenstown (Ireland), traversing the canal, and then on to Bombay.

INFANTRY REGIMENTS
Regiment
Date
Port
Ship
Notes
d=depart; a=arrive

1/5th Foot
Northumberland
Fusiliers
Out
26/8/66
27/8/66

--/9/66


d Kingstown
d Kingstown

a Karachi/Bombay?


Sussex
Essex

left wing
HQ + right wing
Return
8/11/80
9/12/80

d Bombay
a Portsmouth

Jumna

many 1st Batt transferred to 2d Batt before departure from India
2/7th Foot
Royal Fusiliers
Out
1/10/73
1/11/73

d Queenstown
a Bombay

Serapis
Return
2/3/89
29/3/89

d Bombay
a Portsmouth

Serapis
2/8th Foot
King's Liverpool
Regiment
Out
23/9/77
25/10/77

d Portsmouth
a Bombay

Euphrates
Return
---
---

25/10/92
14/11/92

d Bombay


d Aden
a Portsmouth




Serapis
2/9th Foot
East Norfolk
Regiment
Out
24/10/74
26/11/74

d Portsmouth
a Bombay

Jumna
Return
3/2/90
4/3/90

d Bombay
a Portsmouth

Serapis
2/11th Foot
North Devonshire
Regiment
Out
9/2/77
13/3/77

d Portsmouth
a Bombay

Serapis
Return
11/1/93
27/1/93
(8/2/93

30/3/93
14/4/93


d Bombay
a Alexandria
a Portsmouth

d Alexandria
a Devonport


Euphrates

Euphrates

Jumna



barracked at Cairo
families of 11th)
1/12th Foot
East Suffolk
Regiment
Out
22/9/76
24/10/76

d Queenstown
a Bombay

Crocodile
Return
26/2/92
22/3/92

d Bombay
a Portsmouth

Euphrates
2/14th Foot
West Yorkshire
Regiment
Out
5/10/78
7/11/78

d Queenstown
a Bombay

Crocodile
Return
8/11/94
14/11/94

7/2/96
23/2/96


d Bombay
a Aden

d Cape Coast Castle
a Dover


Britannia

Manila




some invalided men arrived Liverpool on the Loanda
d 30/1/96, a 13/2/96

2/15th Foot
East Yorkshire
Regiment
Out
3/2/75
17/3/75

d Portsmouth
a Bombay

Jumna


delayed at Gibraltar due to damage
Return
28/2/88
6/3/88

23/11/88
12/12/88


d Bombay
a Aden

d Aden
a Portsmouth


Serapis

Serapis

1/17th Foot
Leicestershire
Regiment
Out
abt 13/1/70
28/1/70
30/1/70
15/2/70

d Queenstown
a Alexandria
d Alexandria
a Bombay

Himalaya

Euphrates
Return
4/2/82
8/3/82

d Bombay
a Portsmouth

Serapis
1/18th Foot
Royal Irish
Regiment
Out
18/1/72
8/2/72

20/10/74
13/11/74


d Queenstown
a Malta

d Malta
a Bombay


Malabar

Malabar

Return
28/8/84
16/9/84

26/8/85
9/9/85


d Bombay
a Suez

d Alexandria
a Plymouth


Hankow

Stirling Castle

1/25th Foot
King's Own
Scottish Borderers
Out
12/10/75
15/11/75

d Cork
a Bombay

Malabar
Return
6/1/91
6/2/91

d Bombay
a Devonport

Crocodile
1/51st Foot
South Yorkshire
Regiment /
King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Out
17/10/72
15/11/72

d Queenstown
a Bombay

Euphrates
Return
31/10/87

25/11/87
20/12/87


a Mandalay

d Bombay
a Portsmouth


Sir William Peel

Serapis


from Burma
2/59th Foot
East Lancashire
Regiment
Out
10/9/67
---

-/3/69
---

23/2/69
9/3/69
11/3/69
---


d Kingstown
a Ceylon

d Ceylon
a Bombay

d Portsmouth
a Alexandria
d Suez
a Bombay


Clyde

Malabar

Crocodile

Euphrates


Headquarters + 304 men, remainder at Gosport
Return
31/10/80
25/11/80

d Bombay
a Portsmouth

Orontes
2/60th Foot
King's Royal
Rifle Corps
Out
14/9/67
27/9/67
4/10/67
20/10/67

d Queenstown
a Alexandria
d Suez
a Calcutta

Crocodile

Euphrates

100 men from Winchester
Return
10/1/81
25/1/81

13/12/81
11/1/82


d Bombay
a Durban

d Durban
a Portsmouth


Euphrates

Dublin Castle

1/63rd Foot
Manchester
Regiment
Out
--/10/70
20/10/70
23/10/70
7/11/70

d Queenstown
a Alexandria
d Suez
a Bombay

Serapis

Euphrates
Return
22/8/82
6/9/82

21/10/82
2/11/82


d Bombay
a Ismailia

d Alexandria
a Portsmouth


(poss. Principia)

Iberia

2/66th Foot
Berkshire
Regiment
Out
18/2/70
5/3/70
7/3/70
24/3/70

25/2/70
14/3/70
17/3/70
1/4/70


d Queenstown
a Alexandria
d Suez
a Bombay

d Queenstown
a Alexandria
d Suez
a Bombay


Serapis

Jumna

Crocodile

Malabar


left wing



HQ + right wing

Return
20/1/81
19/2/81

d Bombay
a Portsmouth

Malabar
2/67th Foot
Hampshire
Regiment
Out
1/11/72
15/12/72

d Portsmouth
a Rangoon

Malabar
Return
14/1/88
7/2/88

d Bombay
a Portsmouth

Malabar
2/70th Foot
East Surrey
Regiment
Out
abt 06/10/71
9/11/71

d Queenstown
a Bombay

Crocodile
Return
--/9/84
17/9/84

26/8/85
6/9/85


d Bombay
a Suez

d Alexandria
a Portsmouth


Himalaya

Arab

1/72nd Foot
1st Seaforth
Highlanders
Out
22/2/71
--/3/71
9/3/71
24/3/71

d Queenstown
a Alexandria
d Suez
a Bombay

Crocodile

Jumna
Return
25/2/82
3/3/82

16/10/82
30/10/82

15/10/82
1/11/82

16/10/82
2/11/82


d Bombay
a Aden

d Alexandria
a Portsmouth

d Alexandria
a Portsmouth

d Alexandria
a Portsmouth


Jumna

Caspian

Olympus

Ascalon




HQ + 2 co.

4 co.

2 co.

1/78th Foot
2nd Seaforth
Highlanders
Out
15/2/79
21/2/79
19/3/79

d Queenstown
d Gibraltar
a Bombay

Malabar

80 men 71st attached at Gibraltar
Return
23/1/97
6/2/97

25/2/97
18/3/97


d Bombay
a Malta (Comino)

d Bombay
a Southampton


Dunera

Victoria


525 men quarantined (due to plague at Bombay) to join 1st batt at Malta

419 men

2/81st Foot
North Lancashire
Regiment
Out
25/2/70
7/3/70

11/10/74
31/10/74


d Queenstown
a Gibraltar

d Gibraltar
a Bombay


Tamar

Euphrates

Return
10/11/83
5/12/83

d Bombay
a Portsmouth

Euphrates
2/85th Foot
King's (Shropshire)
Light Infantry
Out
31/1/68
15/2/68
21/2/68
10/3/68

d Queenstown
a Alexandria
d Suez
a Bombay

Serapis

Jumna

Return
10/1/81
25/1/81

8/11/81
7/12/81


d Bombay
a Durban

d Natal
a Cowes


Euphrates

Balmoral Castle

2/92nd Foot
Gordon Highlanders
Out
26/1/68
9/2/68
--/2/68
26/2/68

d Queenstown
a Alexandria
d Suez
a Bombay

Crocodile

Malabar

Return
15/1/81
29/1/81

25/12/81
29/1/82


d Bombay
a Durban

d Natal
a Portsmouth


Crocodile

Calabria

4th Battalion
Rifle Brigade
Out
21/10/73
23/11/73

d Queenstown
a Bombay

Jumna
Return
28/12/89
27/1/90

d Bombay
a Portsmouth

Malabar

2 collisions on journey home
CAVALRY REGIMENTS
Regiment
Date
Port
Ship
Notes
d=depart; a=arrive

6th Dragoon Guards
(Carabiniers)
Out
30/12/77
31/1/78

d Portsmouth
a Bombay

Euphrates
Return
25/10/88
20/11/88

d Bombay
a Portsmouth

Crocodile
8th Hussars
(King's Royal Irish)
Out
17/12/78
15/1/79

d Portsmouth
a Bombay

Jumna
Return
26/10/89
20/11/89

d Bombay
a Portsmouth

Crocodile
9th Lancers
(Queen's Royal)
Out
9/1/75
10/2/75

d Portsmouth
a Bombay

Euphrates
Return
28/10/85
23/11/85

d Bombay
a Portsmouth

Crocodile
10th Hussars
(Prince of Wales'
Own)
Out
10/1/73
11/2/73

d Portsmouth
a Bombay

Jumna
Return
6/2/84
19/2/84
30/3/84
21/4/84

d Bombay
a Suakim
d Suakim
a Portsmouth

Jumna

Jumna
13th Hussars Out
8/1/74
12/2/74

d Portsmouth
a Bombay

Serapis
Return
11/11/84
28/11/84
13/10/85
4/11/85

d Bombay
a Durban
d Durban
a Portsmouth

Serapis

Pembroke Castle
15th Hussars
(The King's)
Out
14/11/69
29/11/69
1/12/69
17/12/69

d Portsmouth
a Alexandria
d Suez
a Bombay

Serapis

Malabar
Return
10/1/81
25/1/81
23/11/81
3/1/82

d Bombay
a Durban
d Natal
a Portsmouth

Euphrates

Tamar
Sources: The Times, Freeman's Journal, The Hampshire Telegraph, The Hampshire Advertiser, The Morning Post, The Nottinghamshire Guardian, The Aberdeen Weekly Journal, The Birmingham Daily Post, The Bristol Mercury, The Belfast News Letter, The Standard, The Cheshire Observer, The Glasgow Herald, The Star, The Dundee Courier, The Huddersfield Daily Chronicle, The Liverpool Mercury, Lloyds Weekly Newspaper, The Bradford Observer.


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