In Collaboration With Charles Griffin

Brief History
The name is Geographical and not racial. Dogras are Brahmans, Rajputs and Jats who for the most part remained Hindu in a predominantly Moslem region. The British had recruited Dogras as far back as 1840, from the Punjab Hills and Jammu & Kashmir. They were rated most valuable soldiers, courageous and with great powers of physical endurance.

The 41st came into being in 1900, taking a number in the old Bengal line which had been vacant since 1882. They went to China in 1904 to join an international force, staying there until 1908. In WW1 they served in India, France, Mesopotamia and Egypt. There was a second battalion raised in 1917 at Jubbulpore.

In the amalgamations of 1922, they joined the 37th and 38th Dogras to become the 17th Dogra Regiment, stationed at Jullundur. The 41st became the 3rd battalion, 2/41 making up the 10th or training battalion. 10/17th was also responsible for the Machine Gun Drivers' Training Company.

During the hot weather of 1931, it was decided that the 3rd Bn (the old 41st) should be disbanded. When the pensioners heard about this, a deputation of senior Indian officers went to Simla to protest. The Adjutant-General was not sympathetic but the old soldiers persisted and got to meet the Commander-in- Chief who listened patiently. They challenged him to quote a single instance of political sedition in their community or failure in the field; if such were found he would be justified, they said, in disbanding the entire 17th Dogra Regiment. Orders for the disbandment of the 3/17 Dogra were rescinded.

Post Mutiny
Predecessor Units
41st (Dogra) Bengal Infantry
(1900 - 1901)
41st Dogra Infantry
(1901 - 1903)
Successor Units
3rd and 10th Bns/17th Dogra Regiment
(1922 - 1947)
Post-Independence Fate
To India
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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