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Irish recruits to the Indian Medical Services (IMS) accounted for as much as 38 per cent of new entrants in the 1870s, and many of these worked in Punjab until the 1890s and beyond. A total of 149 Irishmen served in the British Medical Service (BMS)/ Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) in Punjab during the period 1881-1921. Following the annexation of Punjab in 1849, and increasingly when the Crown superseded the East India Company in the aftermath of the 1857 mutiny, a series of public works were undertaken in Punjab. Punjab was the preferred posting for brighter Civilians, who regarded themselves, on appointment to that province, as a corps d'elite, somewhat to the chagrin of Civilians in other provinces. In truth, Civilians who served in Punjab were picked men, or self-selected ones as those highest placed in the entrance examination chose their own postings.

Servants of the empire

The Irish in Punjab, 1881–1921


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