Governor General's Bodyguard

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This article is for the Bengal regiment. See also Governor's Bodyguard Madras or Governor's Bodyguard, Bombay.

Chronology

  • 1773 formed with 50 troopers at Benares by Warren Hastings as the Governor's Troop of Moghuls
  • 1784 became the Governor General's Bodyguard
  • 1858 became the Viceroy's Bodyguard
  • 1944 became 44th Indian Airborne Division Reconnaissance Squadron (Governor General's Bodyguard)
  • 1947 reverted to Governor General's Bodyguard and split into two units to serve India & Pakistan on Partition
  • 1950 renamed the President's Bodyguard when India became a republic

Uniforms

  • British Officer

Head dress- White spike helmet. White puggaree.

Tunic- Scarlet Hussar tunic, Blue facing, gold lace.

Cuff- For Field Officer: Bengal Knot with figured braid, for Captain: Bengal knot with russian braid form eye and Lieutenant: Only bengal knot.

Collar- For Field Officer: Regimental lace on top with figured braid, for Captain: Regimental lace on top with russian braid form eye and Lieutenant: Only Regimental lace on top.

External Links

Historical books on-line