Dost Muhammad
Occupation Soldier

November 24, 1938
Kanwali, British Raj

Cause of death Shot by soldiers
Attack information
Date November 24, 1938
1 a.m.
Location(s) Kanwali, British Raj
Target(s) Soldiers
Killed 7
Injured 2
Weapon(s) Rifle

Dost Muhammad was an Indian sepoy who killed seven people and wounded two others at a military camp in Kanwali, five miles south of Nowshera, British Raj on November 24, 1938.[1][2][3][4][5]

Dost Muhammad, a Muslim and member of the 4th Battalion, 2nd Punjab Regiment, was patrolling the officers' lines that night, which was the last night of Ramadan. At about 1 a.m. he entered the tent of commanding officer E. H. Gray, shot him in his sleep, and then fired with his rifle at the officers rushing to Gray's assistance, thus killing three British and two Indian officers on the spot, fatally wounding A. N. Rea and Fateh Khan, and seriously injuring two other British officers. Dost Muhammad was subsequently shot dead by other members of the battalion when trying to escape from the camp. An inquiry into the incident found no motive for the crime, but stated that the battalion generally showed a lack of discipline.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13]


  • Lieutenant-Colonel E. H. Gray
  • Major A. N. Rea
  • Captain R. Tyndall
  • Lieutenant C. W. Roderick
  • Subadar Sultan Khan
  • Jemadar Sher Khan
  • Jemadar Fateh Khan

Those wounded were:

  • Major E. Curnow
  • Second Lieutenant A. S. K. Storey


  1. Sepoy sentry runs amok, The Canberra Times (November 26, 1938)
  2. Sepoy runs amok, Cairns Post (November 26, 1938)
  3. Four British officers killed at Indian military post, Morning Bulletin (November 26, 1938)
  4. Murders by sepoy sentry, Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (January 6, 1939)
  5. Amuck, Time (December 5, 1938)
  6. Native Sentry Runs Amok, Kills CO. and Two Other Officers, Hull Daily Mail (November 24, 1938)
  7. Army Officers Murdered, The Times (November 25, 1938)
  8. Five killed by sepoy, The Argus (November 25, 1938)
  9. Dead officer is alive, Dundee Courier (November 26, 1938)
  10. Frontier shooting victims, Aberdeen Journal (November 26, 1938)
  11. Two more die from Sepoy's bullets, Dundee Courier (November 28, 1938)
  12. Nowshera Shooting Affair, The Times (January 6, 1939)
  13. India. Bureau of Public Information: Indian information series, Vol. 4-5; New Delhi, 1939. (p. 42)
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