The arrival in Hong Kong of the 1st Battalion the 2nd King Edward VII's Own Gurkha Rifles has a special significance.
Representatives of the 143rd (Tomb's Troop) Field Battery, Royal Artillery with two of their guns and artillery trumpeters at the wharf awaiting the docking of the troopship "DILWARA"
View from the wharf of the troops on board.
Families in their colourful dresses disembarking.
Rediffusion interviewing Lieut. Colonel S. Kent, Commanding Officer of the Sirmoor Rifles.
The Gurkha bagpipe band playing their troops off the troopship.
The Sirmoor Rifles in formation and marching along the wharf.
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Background: The arrival in Hong Kong of the 1st Battalion the 2nd King Edward VII's Own Gurkha Rifles has a special significance. Because here they will meet the 143rd (Tomb's Troop) Field Battery, Royal Artillery again the first time in 100 years.
The Battery's association with the 2nd King Edward VII's Own Gurkha Rifles dates back to the DELHI Ridge in 1857 when Major REID commanding the SIRMOOR Battalion, now the 2nd King Edward VII's Own Gurkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles), made a simultaneous attack with a column under Major Tombs on the enemy's positions at Kissenganj and Travelyanganj (Delhi) where they were erecting heavy batteries. More than 300 of the enemy were killed or wounded and the position was destroyed. Reid and Tombs were later thanked in Field Force Orders.
The 143rd (Tomb's Troop) Field Battery, RA, now part of 49 Field Regiment RA, was originally Two Troop, One Brigade, Bengal Horse Artillery. When Commanded by Major Henry Tombs during the Indian Mutiny Campaign it was particularly distinguished at the siege of Delhi by winning two Victoria Crosses on July 9th 1857. The two VCs were the Battery Commander and Lieutenant James Hills who later became Major General Sir Henry Tombs KCB and Lieutenant General Sir James Hills-Johns respectively.