In Collaboration With Charles Griffin



Raising of the Regiment 1688
The Princess of Wales’s Own Yorkshire Regiment
Subadar-Major c1901
The Regiment's initial date of formation was in the service of the Nawab of Arcot (Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India) prior to 1780. It joined the East India Company's service in 1784 as the 3rd Regiment of Madras Native Cavalry and became the 1st Regiment of Madras Native Cavalry the same year. Later it became the 4th Regiment in 1786, the 2nd Regiment in 1788 and subsequently the 2nd Regiment of Madras Light Infantry in 1819. The regiment then became known as the 2nd Regiment of Madras Lancers in 1886, then the 2nd Madras Lancers in 1901 and the 27th Light Cavalry 1903. The Regiment became the 16th Light Cavalry in 1922.
Badges
Badges
Soldiers
1776 - 1922
Uniforms
1776 - 1922
Standards
1776 - 1922
Battle Honours
SHOLINGHUR
CARNATIC
MYSORE
SERINGAPATAM
BURMA 1885-87
AFGHANISTAN 1919
MEIKTILA
DEFENCE OF MEIKTILA
PEGU 1945
SITTANG 1945
RANGOON ROAD
BURMA 1942-45
Titles
1776Approximate date of raising
In service of Nawab of Arcot
17843rd Regiment of Madras Native Cavalry (in HEIC)
17841st Regiment of Madras Native Cavalry
17864th Regiment of Madras Native Cavalry
17882nd Regiment of Madras Native Cavalry
18192nd Regiment of Madras Light Cavalry
18862nd Regiment of Madras Lancers
19012nd Madras Lancers
190327th Light Cavalry
190116th Light Cavalry
Suggested Reading
Historical Record of the 2nd Madras Lancers, now 27th Light Cavalry
by Col J B Edwards (Christian Mission Press, Jubbulpore 1907)

History of the 16th Light Cavalry (Armoured Corps)
by Lieut-Col C L Proudfoot (Calcutta c1976)




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by Stephen Luscombe