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Re(2): Early deployment of 4th Fusiliers IP: 22.214.171.124 Posted on 8/2/2016 at 18:51:19 by David Prince
Looking at the information provided I suspect that your source is, “Locations of Battalions 1685 – 1968”, a piece of work compiled by JP Kelleher which I understand is as definitive as you are likely to find.
Up to the outbreak of the war in Aug (1914) the only Bn to have been located in India during the time frame you are enquiring about was the 2nd (Dec 1904 – 1914/15), although the 3rd were there 1912/14 (see below).
The 1st were in India (1902 – Jan ’05) from where they moved to Parkhurst I.O.W. Onto Tidworth in Dec ’07 until Sep 1909 when they went to Ireland; where they remained until the outbreak of the war.
The 3rd Bn were in Alexandria, Egypt in 1902 and remained in North Africa until they went to Bermuda in 1904. From Bermuda they moved to South Africa, Mauritius 1910/11 and then to Chakrata, India (about 320km north of Delhi) in 1912 before moving to Luknow in Aug ’14 and back to England in Dec.
There is no record or reference of the 4th Bn having served in India at any time from its formation in 1900 (being raised from a nucleus of the 3rd Bn, then in Gibraltar) and the outbreak of the war.