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45th Rattray's Sikhs - Malakand, 1897
Officers and men of the 45th Sikhs looking surprisingly fit after the gruelling battles at Malakand and Chakdara. Lt Rattray is on the left with a bandage over his neck wound. Standing 3rd from left is Lt Wheatley. The commanding officer, Lt-Col McRae is third from the right.

Sir, - When the order of His Excellency the Govenor-General in Council was received, stating that the services of this corps, which has been known as "Rattray's Sikhs," would never be forgotten and that publicity should be given them in General Orders ………………………this embolded us to present the following petition, which we hope the Government will of their great Kindness be pleased to grant, namely that when the Regiment becomes a Line Corps, we may still continue to bear the name of "Rattray's Sikhs." Our reason for making such a request is that from the time Major Rattray raised the Corps, he has always treated us well and considered our comforts; we bear him great love on this account and gladly followed him to Bengal, when the Mutiny broke out, volunteered to fight the rebels and were faithful to our salt. Our humble petition now is that the Regiment may be allowed to bear his name, the hearing will always be a source of pleasure to us, and we shall consider that, in granting our request, the Government has showered fresh favour on us.'
The petition was forwarded to the Government in India and in due course it was approved and sanctioned.
- from The Clan Rattray Society

 

 

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