16th Rajputs (The Lucknow Regiment)

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16th Rajputs (The Lucknow Regiment)
Active 1857-1922
Country Indian Empire
Branch Army
Type Infantry
Part of Bengal Army (to 1895)
Bengal Command
Uniform Red; faced white
Engagements Indian Mutiny
First Anglo-Sikh War
Duffla Hill Expedition
Second Afghan War
Third Anglo-Burmese War
Siege of Malakand
Campaign against the Bunerwals
World War I

The 16th Rajputs (The Lucknow Regiment) was an infantry regiment of the Bengal Army and later of the united British Indian Army. It can trace its origins to 1857, during the Indian Mutiny when it was formed from men of the 13th, 48th and 71st Bengal Native Infantry regiments that remained loyal to the British. Named The Lucknow Regiment they were responsible for guarding the Bailey Gate in the Lucknow Residency. Over the years they were known by a number of different titles the 16th Bengal Native Infantry in 1861, the 16th (The Lucknow) Bengal Native Infantry 1864, the 16th (The Lucknow) Bengal Infantry 1885, the 16th (The Lucknow) Rajput Bengal Infantry 1897, the 16th Rajput Infantry (The Lucknow Regiment) 1901 and finally after the Kitchener reforms of the Indian Army the 16th Rajputs (The Lucknow Regiment).

During this time the regiment took part in the Duffla Hill Expedition, the Second Afghan War, the Third Anglo-Burmese War, the Siege of Malakand and the Campaign against the Bunerwals. During World War I they served in the Mesopotamia Campaign with the Jubbulpore Brigade 5th (Mhow) Division.[1]

After World War I the Indian government reformed the Indian Army again moving from single battalion regiments to multi battalion regiments.[2] The 6th Rajputs (The Lucknow Regiment) now became the 10th Training Battalion, 7th Rajput Regiment. After Independence this was one of the regiments allocated to the new Indian Army.


  1. ^ "British Empire: Armed Forces: Units: Indian Infantry: 16th Rajputs". Archived from the original on 2009-09-25. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  2. ^ Sumner p.15
  • Barthorp, Michael; Burn, Jeffrey (1979). Indian infantry regiments 1860-1914. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 0-85045-307-0. 
  • Sumner, Ian (2001). The Indian Army 1914-1947. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1-84176-196-6.