Harold Burgess, age 17 and from Dover Street, Bradford, was one of the first men from the 1/6th Battn to die on 30 April. He is buried in the Merville Communal Cemetery where there are also buried 97 men of the Indian Army. These include Partab Singh of 34th Sikh Pioneers died on 8 November 1914. He was the husband of Nandkamr from Ludhiana in the Punjab. Kale Khan from Alwar, (107th Indian Pioneers) and Lal Mast from Jamrud (57th Wildeís Rifles) both died in June 1915.
Captain Tempest praised the wonderful spirit of the Lahore Division as they left the Neuve Chapelle sector in April. The battle to which they were marching began on 22 April with a ferocious German attack north-east of Ypres, an attack of particular horror and significance as it was the first occasion on which gas was used. Between 26 April and 3 May the Lahore Division lost 3,889 men killed, wounded or missing.
The Indian infantry Divisions were withdrawn from France by the end of 1915 to fight alongside the British in other theatres of war but the Indian cavalry remained, sometimes dismounted and being used as infantry. During the Battle of the Somme 20th Deccan Horse and 34th Poona Horse, along with the British 7th Dragoon Guards, mounted the first and only cavalry charge on 14 July 1916 during the assault on High Wood. Heavy German machine gun fire halted the charge but it was sufficient to stir the spirits of the hundreds of British troops who witnessed it.