In Collaboration With Charles Griffin

Brief History
In 1861 the 1st Assam Light Infantry became the 46th, but only for a few months. The number remained vacant until 1900 when the 46th (Punjab) Regiment of Bengal Infantry was formed. There were a high proportion of Pathans in the regiment so the uniform was very similar to the 40th Pathans. The companies were: 4 of Punjabi Musalmans, 2 of Labana Sikhs, one of Afridi Pathans and one of Orakzai Pathans.

In WW1 they were stationed at Nowshera and later in Egypt. In 1922 they became the 10th battalion 16th Punjab Regiment, the last one to be made up of John Lawrence's Punjab levies. The number designation of 10 meant that it became the training base for the 16th, losing its identity as a unit.

Post Mutiny
Predecessor Units
46th (Punjab) Bengal Infantry
(1900 - 1901)
46th Punjab Infantry
(1901 - 1903)
Successor Units
10th/16th Punjab Regiment
(1922 - 1947)
Post-Independence Fate
To Pakistan
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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