All regiments employed in the operations in the Punjab against the Sikhs in the year 1848-49 were awarded this distinction. Some bear it in addition to one of the three battle honours “Chillianwalla”, “Mooltan” and “Goojerat”, granted for this campaign. Others, which were not present at any of these general actions, but which were actually under fire, bear only the word “Punjaub”.
The Honour was awarded to the 3rd Hussars.
In 1848-49, British-Indian forces were once again at war with the Sikh Empire. The campaign that raged across the Punjab eventually led to the region’s full annexation by the British and the removal of one of the last Indian powers able to challenge British control of the sub-continent.
Discover more about the action behind each battle during The Sikh Wars, 1845-49.