East Indian Railway Regiment
Rudyard Kipling wrote in 1888, in respect of Jamalpur,
- "On Tuesdays and Fridays the volunteers parade. A and B Companies, 150 strong in all, of the E.I.R. Volunteers, are stationed here with the band. Their uniform, grey with red facings, is not lovely, but they know how to shoot and drill. They have to. The ‘Company’ makes it a condition of service that a man must be a volunteer; and volunteer in something more than name he must be, or someone will ask the reason why. Seeing that there are no regulars between Howrah and Dinapore, the ‘Company’ does well in exacting this toll."
By 1906, the Corps was 2,300 strong, with the Armoury and Head Quarters staff located at Jamalpur.
- 1869 raised on 17th July as East Indian Railway Volunteer Rifle Corps by GGO 759
- 1892 the Sibpore College Volunteer Rifle Corps amalgamated with the regiment on 20th May 1892 by GGO No.505
- 1917 1st April became 7th East Indian Railway Battalion and amalgamated with St Michael's School Cadet Corps
- 1918 redesignated the 7th East Indian Railway Corps on 8th November
- 1920 redesignated East Indian Railway Regiment on 1st October
- 1926 the Oudh and Rohilkhand Railway Battalion were amalgamated
- Headquarters - Jamalpore
- Uniform - Khaki drill
- Motto - "Strong without Rage."
- Uniform - Khaki
- Facings - White
- Badge - Crest of the East India Railway Company surmounted by a crown which is encircled by a laurel wreath with the words "East Indian Railway Regiment Auxillary Force" and the motto.
- 2 battalions
- EIR Volunteers Photographs from British India Family History (valmayukuk.tripod.com)