ARMY OF INDIA 1799-1826, CLASP KIRKEE AND POONA ‘PRIVATE. BABOO CHAWAN, 1st BN. POONA AUXY. H. ‘
One of only 148 known Army of India medals (any clasp) named to Indians and one of just 32 Kirkee and Poona clasps.
According to Puddester, Baboo Chawan was probably a northern Hindu, the ranks of his unit being mostly foreign (especially muslim). Whereas most of the other men on the roll in infantry Regts were of typical Maratha names from Western India.
Raised on the 15th July, 1817, the Poona Auxiliary Horse served throughout the Pindari or 3rd Maratha War of 1817-18, including the battles of Kirkee and Poona and especially distinguishing themselves at Coryguam where they acted as infantry. With minor variations in naming, the Poona Horse served with distinction throughout the 19th Century, throughout WW1 , WW2 and continued this tradition when post independence it became part if the Indian Army’s 1st Armoured Brigade.
Condition GVF, officially impressed Indian naming, long hyphen reverse. Ex Spink 1997, DNW 2002.
Excellent medal and one of just 5 medals with any clasp (2 Officer, 3 OR’s) to a man that served during the inception of such a famed regiment.