George V Regimental Silver Menu Card Holder for the 40th Pathans.
The 40th Pathans were an infantry regiment of the British Indian Army. It was raised in 1858 as the Shahjehanpur Levy and designated as the 40th Pathans in 1903. In 1922 it became the 5th Batallion (Pathans) 14th Punjab Regiment. In 1947, it was allocated to the Pakistan Army, where it continues to exist as the 16th Batallion Punjab Regiment.
In 1915, during the First World War the regiment was sent to France. The 40th Pathans fought with great gallantry in the Second Battle of Ypres, where they suffered 320 casualties on 26 April. They also fought in the battles of Aubers Ridge and Loos. In December, the regiment left for East Africa where they served until February 1918. The 40th Pathans suffered a total of 800 casualties (killed or wounded) during the war, while 1066 officers and men were invalided out of service due to sickness.
In excellent condition with moderate surface wear commensurate with age.
Hallmarked for London 1922 by The Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Company Ltd.
Approximate weight is 38 grams or 1.2 troy ounces.
Approximate dimensions are 7.5 cm length, 4 cm width and 4 cm height.