In Collaboration With Charles Griffin


Brief History
The original 6th Bombay Infantry was disbanded in 1882. It was raised in 1775 and earned honours for Mysore and Seringapatam. Their uniform originally had black facings. In 1904, Major C W Jacob of the 126th Baluchistan Infantry and later to become Field-Marshal Sir Claude Jacob, raised the 106th Hazara Pioneers with drafts from the 124th Duchess of Connaught's Own Baluchistan Infantry and from his own regiment.

They were a class regiment comprising eight companies of Hazaras. In 1914 they were stationed at Quetta with detachments at Kacha, Kila Saifulla, Manzai, Hirok, Hindubag and Ziarat. They remained in India for most of WW1 but were posted to Mesopotamia in 1918. One company went to France where they were attached to the 107th Pioneers. The authorites found it difficult to place the Hazaras with any other regiment in 1922, so they were formed into their own pioneer regiment after the Madras (1st), Bombay (2nd) and Sikh (3rd) Corps of Pioneers, to be called, at first, the 4th Hazara Pioneers and in 1929 The Corps of Hazara Pioneers. Of all the corps of Pioneers, the Hazaras were the last to be disbanded on 31st March 1933.

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Uniforms
Post Mutiny
Predecessor Units
Formed from drafts from 124th and 126th Regiments
(1904 - )
Successor Units
1/4th Hazara Pioneers
(1922 - 1929)
Hazara Pioneers
(1929 - 1933)
Disbanded
(1933)
Suggested Reading
A Matter of Honour
by Philip Mason

India's Army
by Donovan Jackson

Regiments and Corps of the British Army: A Critical Bibliography
by Roger Perkins

Sons of John Company
by John Gaylor

Armies of India
Painted by Lovett, Text by Macmunn

The Indian Army
by Boris Mollo

Forces of the British Empire
by E. Nevins and B. Chandler

Indian Army Uniforms - Infantry
by W. Y. Carman

Sergeant Pearman's Memoirs
by Anglesey, the Marquess of

Soldier Sahibs
by Charles Allen

The Bengal Native Infantry
by Dr Amiya Barat,

An Account of the War in India Between the English and French on the Coast of Coromandel, From the Year 1750 to the Year 1761
by Richard Owen Cambridge

Sketch of the Services of the Bengal Native Army
by Lt Cardew

The Indian Army: The Garrison of British Imperial India
by Heathcote

Britain's Army in India from its Origins to the Conquest of Bengal
by James Lawford

The Battle Honours of the British and Indian Armies
by Leslie

Sikh Soldier; Battle Honours and Sikh Soldier; Gallantry Awards by Narindar Singh Dhesi

A Matter of Honour: An Account of the Indian Army, its Officers and Men
by P Mason

A History of Military Transactions of the British Nation in Indostan from the Year 1745
by R Orme

From Sepoy to Subedar
by Sita Ram

Forty-one Years in India
by Earl Roberts

Wellington in India
by Weller

The Bengal Native Infantry
by Captain Williams


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