In Collaboration With Charles Griffin


Brief History
After the Mutiny there were several 42nd regiments, the first being the Agra which lasted from May to October 1861, and the second, the 1st Assam Light Infantry who became the 42nd in October 1861, and continued as such until they became the 1/6th Gurkha Rifles. But in 1903 there was a third 42nd based on the old Deoli Irregular Force which had been raised in 1857 as the Meena Battalion under Capt. J D McDonald. This battalion was the nucleus for the infantry of the Deoli Irregular Force which in May 1861, numbered 8 companies. Cavalry was also added by 1865.

They raised a second battalion in1917 but as a whole failed to reach the amalgamations of 1922, all being disbanded on 10th December 1921.

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Uniforms
Post Mutiny
Principal Campaigns and Battles
Central India
1878 - 80 Afghanistan
Predecessor Units
Meena Battalion
(1857 - 1860)
Deoli Irregular Force
(1860 - 1903)
Successor Units
Disbanded
(1922)
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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by Stephen Luscombe