122nd Rajputana Infantry

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122nd Rajputana Infantry
Rajputana infantry aclovett.jpg
A soldier of the 122nd Rajputana Infantry (far right) amongst other troops form the British Indian Army
Active 1818–1922
Country Indian Empire
Branch Army
Type Infantry
Part of Bombay Army (to 1895)
Bombay Command
Colors Red; faced dark green, 1882 emerald green
Engagements Boxer Rebellion
World War I

The 122nd Rajputana Infantry were an infantry regiment of the British Indian Army. The regiment traces their origins to 1818, when they were raised as the 2nd Battalion, 11th Regiment of Bombay Native Infantry.

The regiments first action was during the Boxer Rebellion, they also served in World War I

After World War I the Indian government reformed the army moving from single battalion regiments to multi battalion regiments.[1] In 1922, the 122nd Rajputana Infantry became the 3rd (Prince of Wales's Own), 6th Rajputana Rifles.[2] After independence they were one of the regiments allocated to the Indian Army.

Predecessor names[edit]

  • 2nd Battalion, 11th Regiment of Bombay Native Infantry - 1818
  • 22nd Bombay Native Infantry - 1824
  • 22nd Bombay Infantry - 1885
  • 122nd Rajputana Infantry - 1903

Commanding officers[edit]

Name Period
Lt. Col. J. Cunningham 1 January 1818 – 14 October 1824
Lt. Col. Brackley Kennel 26 October 1824 – 19 December 1827
Captain J. Clarke December 1828 – 1832
Major J.D. Crozier 1832 – February 1834
Captain J. Clarke February 1834 – May 1836
Captain J. Donabin 1836
Captain J.W. Hart
Captain J. Hale 1837
Major H. Cracklow 1837 – 23 March 1846
Major J. Hale 1846 1848
Major R.L. Shawe 1 November 1848 – 6 November 1852
Captain C.E. Beale 1852
Captain J.D. Leckie 9 May 1853 – 1854
Lt. Col. A. Shepheard 16 April 1854 – 5 May 1856
Lt. Col. H.E. Jacob 6 May 1856 – 12 January 1858
Capt E.C. Beale 12 January 1858 – February 1859
Major H. Boye 18 February 1859 – 15 June 1860
Major E.C. Beale 4 October 1860 – 21 October 1871
Colonel H.E. Jacob 18 November 1871 – 2 August 1876
Lt. Col. T. Nuttall 2 August 1876 – 20 April 1877
Colonel J. Fairbrother 20 April 1877 – 7 February 1882
Colonel J.H. Drummond 7 February 1882 – 19 September 1888
Colonel De L.R.F. Woolridge 20 September 1888 – 2 November 1889
Lt. Col. W.A. Weatherall 2 November 1889 – 8 November 1896
Lt. Col. J.F.C. Thatoner 8 November 1896 – 7 February 1900
Lt. Col. R. Baillie 30 May 1900 – 30 May 1907
Lt. Col. W.G. Heatherall 31 May 1907 – 30 May 1912
Lt. Col. K.J.C. Dunolly 31 May 1912 – 1 April 1917
Lt. Col. P.C.R. Barclay 2 April 1917 – 31 March 1921
Lt. Col. J. D’Oyly 1 April 1921 – 31 March 1925

Regimental War Memorial[edit]

A memorial to the Rajputana Rifles in the form of a marble Chhatri (canopy) was constructed in 1925 at Nasirabad after formation of Sixth Rajputana Rifle Group in 1921/22. This was to commemorate 2,058 of all ranks of the regiment who had been killed during World War I. The 20-foot high memorial is a Makrana marble dome supported by six pillars. Each pillar represented a battalion of the Rajputana Rifle Group and was engraved with the crest of the battalion. A complete roll of honour was buried beneath a central plaque on which was engraved 23 battle honours earned by the regiment during the war. The memorial was unveiled at Nasirabad on 28 January 1927 by Lieutenant General Sir John Shea, KCB, KCNG, DSO, the then Adjutant General in India.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sumner p.15
  2. ^ Sharma,p.159

Sources[edit]

  • Barthorp, Michael; Burn, Jeffrey (1979). Indian infantry regiments 1860-1914. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 0-85045-307-0. 
  • Rinaldi, Richard A (2008). Order of Battle British Army 1914. Ravi Rikhye. ISBN 0-9776072-8-3. 
  • Sharma, Gautam (1990). Valour and sacrifice: famous regiments of the Indian Army. Allied Publishers. ISBN 81-7023-140-X. 
  • Sumner, Ian (2001). The Indian Army 1914-1947. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1-84176-196-6. 
  • Moberly, F.J. (1923). Official History of the War: Mesopotamia Campaign, Imperial War Museum. ISBN 1-870423-30-5