The First Sikh War


The Sikhs of India had assumed that the British withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1842 meant that their grip on India was weak. A Sikh Army subsequently crossed the River Sutlej, the boundary between the Punjab and British India and there then followed the battles of Moodki, Ferozeshah, Aliwal and Sobraon. The 31st (Huntingdonshire) and 50th (Queen’s Own) fought with great distinction in all of them.