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The 36th Jacob's Horse were a unit of cavalry of the British Indian Army.


They were raised by Lieut. John Jacob of the Bombay Artillery, as a unit of Irregular Horse, originally in 1839 (reformed 1846) to patrol the area of 'Scinde' (now Sindh province of Pakistan) and its restive frontier with Balochistan.[1] They then served in guarding the marches of Southern Afghanistan during the First Anglo-Afghan War[2] and later under Sir Charles Napier in the annexation of Scinde/Sindh.

Like all regiments of the Indian Army, the 36th Jacob’s Horse underwent many name changes in the various reorganisations. They are listed below.


  • 1839/1846 2nd Regiment of Scinde Irregular Horse
  • 1860 2nd Regiment of Scinde Horse
  • 1861 9th Regiment of Scinde Silladar Cavalry
  • 1861 2nd Regiment of Scinde Horse
  • 1885 6th Bombay Cavalry (Jacob-Ka-Rissallah)
  • 1888 6th Bombay Cavalry (Jacob’s Horse)
  • 1903 Jacob’s Horse
  • In 1922 the 36th Jacob's Horse was amalgamated with the 35th Scinde Horse as the 14th Prince of Wales's Own Scinde Horse.

Honours of Battle

The 2nd Scinde Horse, or Jacob's Horse (14th Prince of Wales's Own Scinde Horse) had the following principal battle honours, as a regiment of British Indian cavalry, until the Independence and Partition of India and Pakistan in 1947:[3]

Meeanee, Hyderabad, Cuthchee (Scinde/Sindh campaigns); Mooltan, Goojerat, Punjaub (Punjab, Anglo-Sikh Wars); Central India; Afghanistan 1878-80; Morvai, Cambrai 1917, France and Flanders 1914-18, Megiddo, Sharon, Damascus, Palestine 1918; North West Frontier, India 1914-15, 1918. They did not receive any battle honours of the Second World War.


  1. Hugh T Lambrick, John Jacob of Jacobabad, reprint Karachi 1975, of the original ed, pp. 123, 130 and 146
  2. John Gaylor, Sons of John Company, 1992, p. 89
  3. Gaylor, p.90. Also see Col Mansell, Prince of Wales's Own, Scinde Horse, 1839-1922, London, 1926 and Lt Col KR Brooke, The Scinde Horse, 1922-1947, Haslemare, 1957

Further reading

  • Kempton, C (1996). A Register of Titles of the Units of the H.E.I.C. & Indian Armies 1666–1947. Bristol: British Empire & Commonwealth Museum. ISBN 978-0-9530174-0-9
  • Gaylor, J (1992). Sons of John Company: The Indian and Pakistan Armies 1903–1991. Stroud: Spellmount Publishers Ltd. ISBN 978-0-946771-98-1

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