British War Medal 1914-1919, Bronze issue, awarded to Porter Mohammed Khan, Indian Porter Corps. One of a relatively small number of Indian’s to see service with the Porter Corps, and most probably present on operations in Mesopotamia. In 1916, jails had to be tapped to raise seven convict Porter and Labour Corps, made up of some 16,000 men, for Mesopotamia.
British War Medal 1914-1919, Bronze issue; (1455 PORTER MOHD KHAN. PTR CPS.)
Condition: slightly polished, some contact wear, only Fine.
Mohammed Khan saw service as a Porter (No.1455) with the Porter Corps. With the outbreak of the Great War, what was formerly known as the Coolie Corps, acquired the more acceptable titles of "Indian Labour Corps" and "Porter Corps" and were more formally organised, with the men being enrolled as followers under the Indian Army Act. Indian Expeditionary Force "B", sent to East Africa in November 1914, had a Railway Coolie Corps and a Supply Coolie Corps. Between September and November 1915, a Porter Corps from the Madras Presidency and two Indian Labour Corps from Punjab were raised for Gallipoli, but diverted to Mesopotamia, where an escalating logistical crisis generated an immense manpower demand upon India. Indian Labour Corps and Porter Corps personnel were also used in Persia, and two Indian Labour Corps units were stationed in Salonika. In 1916, jails had to be tapped to raise seven convict Porter and Labour Corps, made up of some 16,000 men, for Mesopotamia. In 1917, the government of India also undertook to provide 50,000 labourers for France, with the first Indian Labour Corps personnel disembarking at Marseilles in June 1917.
Each Porter Corps battalion consisted of some 576 men, compared to 1,150 men for the Indian Labour Corps battalions, and whereas there were 104 Indian Labour Corps battalions raised, there were only 13 similar for the Porter Corps, making medals to the Porter Corps considerably rarer.