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The Indian Army on campaign 1900-1939

17 Pack Battery RGA in India

The following photographs originate from an allbum belonging to Harry Lamming, Battery Sergeant-Major of the 17th Pack Battery RGA. The 17th Pack Battery served in India from 1920 to 1927, and was posted to various stations including Razmak in North Waziristan. Harry Lamming joined the Lincolnshire Regiment in 1908 before transferring to the RGA in 1911. During the Great War, he served in France three times beginning in August 1914 and earned a Military Medal along the way. He then served in India with the 17th Pack Battery from 1920-27. BSM Lamming was pensioned in 1929 after 21 years service, and described by his superiors as “Thoroughly honest, sober, hardworking, intelligent and trustworthy, suitable for any position requiring a reliable man.” During WWII he served in the Home Guard as a Captain. Folllowing the war, he served as Acting Major in Command of the 7th (Hants) Cadet Battalion RA from 1945-1958. He was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal in 1946, MBE in 1955, and was granted the honourary rank of Major upon retirement in 1959.

Please ask permission For the use of any photographs on this page. The photographs are provided courtesy of and belong to BSM Lamming’s Grand-daughter, Stephanie Keenan.

Battery Sergeant-Major Harry Lamming, c.1925

Unknown group of Officers & NCOs. Possibly 17th Pack Battery

Anglican Church in Solan - August 1922

Solan from Telegraph Hill - August 1922

Nilgiri Hills - January 1923

Railway in Southern India - c.January 1923

17th Pack Battery RGA in Razmak, North Waziristan 1926

Razmak Camp - 1926

Lower Razmak Camp 1926

Sgt’s Mess - Razmak

“We are off inthe morning” - NW Frontier  - April 19th 1926

Crossing the Jandola River

BSM Harry Lamming with his horse Kruschen

BSM Lamming leading the Battery

17th Pack Battery RGA firing on the NW Frontier