- a noncommissioned officer in the Indian army, equivalent in rank to sergeant
C17: from Hindi, from Persian hawāldār one in charge
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At the same time, you had better take your havildar and his troopers with you.At the Point of the Bayonet
G. A. Henty
The havildar who was in charge of them was, fortunately, one of those of Lisle's company.
A Havildar then volunteered to mount the hill with ammunition.
Unfortunately for Ted, Ambar Singh, the havildar, could not be traced.The Disputed V.C.
Frederick P. Gibbon
The Havildar said:' Give us no trouble, and we will give you no trouble.Soldiers Three