25th County of London Cyclist Battalion
The London Regiment


H.M.T. Kashgar

The Kashgar was used in the transportation of troops back from India, departing Bombay on the 11th Aug 1919 and arriving in Plymouth on the 1st Sept.
This may have been for the troops from the 1/25th who were attached to the 1/9th Middlesex in 1917, as it is the ship used by one such soldier Eddie Bolton.

P&O fact sheet
* indicates entries changed during P&O Group service.
Type  Passenger/cargo liner
P&O Group service  1914-1932
P&O Group status  Owned by parent company
Registered owners The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company
Builders  Caird & Co Ltd
Yard  Greenock
Yard number  328
Registry  Greenock, UK
Official number 128654
Signal letters  JHKT
Call sign  GQSC
Classification society Lloyd’s Register
Gross tonnage  8,840 grt
Net tonnage  5,538 nrt
Deadweight  11,500 tons
Length  146.22m (479.9ft)
Breadth  17.73m (58.2ft)
Depth  10.27m (33.7ft)
Draught  8.808m (28ft 10in)
Engines  Quadruple-expansion steam engines
Engine builders  Caird & Co Ltd
Power  9,000 ihp
Propulsion  Twin screw
Speed  15 knots
Passenger capacity 71 first class and 17 children, 66 second class
Cargo capacity  14,146 cubic metres (499,650 cubic feet)
Crew  192 (53 European, 139 Asian). Deck 18 European, 34 Asian; engineroom 11 European, 79 Asian; purser’s department 29 European, 26 Asian
Employment  Non-mail UK/India and later UK/Far East services
03.11.1914 Launched.
15.12.1914 Ran trials and delivered as Kashgar for The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company at a cost of £186,391. Fourth of the six K-class ships built in 1914-15 (after Khiva, Khyber and Karmala, before Kashmir and Kalyan both completed in 1915) for the expansion and improvement of the ‘intermediate’ services to India and the Far East.
11.1915 Beat off a gun attack by a submarine in the Mediterranean.
9.1917 Commissioned as an Expeditionary Force transport for Mediterranean service.
10.1919 Reverted to The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company and placed on the Far East route.
6.1925 Revived P&O mail calls at Southampton.
1927 One winter morning at Shanghai, the weather was so cold that her steering gear froze, and her Captain suffered frostbitten toes which had to be amputated.
25.11.1928 Collided with the quayside at Dunkirk and sustained severe damage. Soon afterwards demolished a floating dock and collided with the French steamer Nicola Schiaffino.
20.01.1932  Sale agreed for £16,250 to Tamizo Okushoji, Japan for demolition.
31.01.1932  Collided with the Hans Maersk in fog at night between London and Southampton on her delivery voyage to Kobe.
31.03.1932 Handed over in Osaka.

 Courtesy of P&O Heritage

Acknowledgments to the Clydebuilt Database from the original records by Stuart Cameron.

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