2nd Bombay (European) Fusiliers

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  • 1839 raised as 2nd Bombay (European) Regiment
  • 1844 renamed 2nd Bombay (European) Fusiliers
  • 1858 taken into the British Army
  • 1862 renamed 106th Regiment of Foot (Bombay Light Infantry)
  • 1881 merged with the 68th Regiment of Foot (Light Infantry) to form The Durham Light Infantry
  • 1968 became 4th Battalion The Light Infantry

Service in British India

Regimental histories

  • Durham Light Infantry 2nd Battalion ... : a record of the services of the Battalion, to which is added a series of reproductions of photographs, including every man in the corps, and other views, specially taken at Poona, India, February 1897. “Made by the Historical Publishing Co., Philadelphia, Pa., U.S.A.” Available at the British Library

Regimental journals

  • The Bugle. A Chronicle of Regimental News. The British Library holds "vol. 1. no. 2.-vol. 13. no. 330. May 1894-Sept. 1902. Imperfect; wanting vol. 1. no. 3 and vol. 9. no. 232-vol. 12. no. 312" It appears likely there were no volumes after this date, for this period. The Bugle recommenced again in the 1920s, but the British Library does not appear to have copies.
  • The Regimental Journal of the Durham Light Infantry. (Incorporating “The Bugle.”) was published from 1934 and is available at the British Library

Between the Wars 1920-1936

In 1920 2nd Battalion moved to India - a posting which lasted until 1936, when it returned to Britain via the Sudan. The period in India also included a short posting to Shanghai in 1927.

James Henry Miller travelled with a draft in 1932 to the 2nd Battalion in India. He sailed on the Nevassa [1] to Bombay, then travelled to Barrackpore, where the barracks had long mosquito nets. His postings included Ishapore where he was posted to guard duty at the rifle factory where monkeys would drop things on the guards in the pitch dark at night time.[2] On a Friday there was what was called buggin' night, where beds were taken out to get rid of bed bugs. One fellow soldier died after being bitten by a Cobra.[3]

External links

Access to the stored collection is available at Sevenhills, Spennymoor, details at Durham County Council website. Includes the Regimental research book collection.
2nd DLI 1927 Shanghai durhamlightinfantry.webs.com, now archived

Historical books online