In Collaboration With Charles Griffin

Brief History
See History of the 77th for details of origins and about the Moplahs.

The 78th comes from the 2nd Moplah Rifles who took on the position of the 25th Madras Infantry. It seems that the troublesome Moplahs were at home in the 25th as there had been unrest in the regiment in 1894. Fighting broke out when a Muslim officer specified a separate area for the Hindu companies to celebrate Dussehra. This resulted in several men being discharged and the CO retiring earlier than he intended.

In the year that the Moplahs became the 2nd Moplah Rifles (1902), a detachment was shipped to England for the Coronation of Edward VII. They served on the North-West Frontier in 1905 but it soon became clear that they would not make an efficient regiment. Their language was difficult to learn and they had no military vocabulary. In 1907 they were disbanded.

Post Mutiny
Predecessor Units
25th Madras Infantry
(1861 - 1902)
2nd Moplah Rifles
(1902 - 1903)
78th Moplah Rifles
(1903 - 1907)
Successor Units
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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