54th Indian Brigade

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54th Indian Brigade
Active December 1917 – 1921
Country  British India
Allegiance British Crown
Branch  British Indian Army
Type Infantry
Size Brigade
Part of 18th Indian Division

First World War

Mesopotamian Campaign
Battle of Sharqat

The 54th 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 took part in the Mesopotamian campaign and formed part of the occupation force for Iraq post-war. It was not reformed for the Second World War.[1]


The 54th Indian Brigade started forming in Mesopotamia from December 1917 as part of the 18th Indian Division, joining the division when it was formed on 24 December 1917. The brigade was formed from battalions transferred directly from India so time was needed for them to become acclimatized. It remained with the division for the rest of the war, taking part in the Action at Fat-ha Gorge on the Little Zab (23–26 October 1918) and the Battle of Sharqat (28–30 October 1918).[2]

At the end of the war, the 18th Division was chosen to form part of the occupation force for Iraq. It took part in the Iraq Rebellion in 1920. The division, and the brigade, was broken up in the following year.[2]

Order of battle[edit]

The brigade had the following composition in the First World War:[3]


The brigade was commanded from 20 December 1917 by Brigadier-General M.R.W. Nightingale.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kempton 2003b, p. 52
  2. ^ a b Perry 1993, p. 150
  3. ^ Perry 1993, p. 148
  4. ^ Perry 1993, p. 147


  • Kempton, Chris (2003b). 'Loyalty & Honour', The Indian Army September 1939 – August 1947. Part II Brigades. Milton Keynes: The Military Press. ISBN 0-85420-238-2. 
  • Perry, F.W. (1993). Order of Battle of Divisions Part 5B. Indian Army Divisions. Newport: Ray Westlake Military Books. ISBN 1-871167-23-X. 

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